Dental Hygiene Routine for Healthy Teeth & Gums

April 4, 2019
April 4, 2019

Heart disease?

Stroke?

Diabetes?

Gum disease?

Did you know that your oral hygiene can impact your well-being and could cause those four health problems if you don’t take good care of your mouth?

By brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis is not enough to have healthy teeth and gums. We are going to share with you seven tips to boost your daily dental hygiene routine.

Get enough Fluoride to prevent cavities

Fluoride can help strengthen your teeth, prevent cavities, and reverse early tooth decay according to the American Dental Association. The ADA also states that Fluoride naturally occurs in our water supply. Double check to see if your community supply has fluoride. You can always get more Fluoride from a mouthwash or the dentist can apply some during your visit.

Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months

With the wear of toothbrush usage, your bristles will get worn out and not clean the teeth as well. Research shows that newer toothbrushes can remove more plaque compared to a used one. One last thing to keep in mind, swap out your toothbrushes when you get sick because bacteria grows on the bristles.

Wash your toothbrush holder every few days

A lot of people don’t think about cleaning their toothbrush holder, but you should. You know why? It collects all the germs from your bathroom and is the third germiest item that you have in your house according to the National Sanitation Foundation. Wash your toothbrush holder in the dishwasher, with a disinfecting wipe or with hot soapy water every few days.

Eat Tooth-Whitening Foods

This may be a new concept for some of you, but there are some tooth-whitening foods to help keep your teeth extra white. Eat raw, coarse, and fibrous foods such as apples, carrots, celery, pears, and lettuce.  These foods can help scrub tooth surfaces and remove accumulated plaque that can cause teeth to yellow.

Switch to a soft bristle toothbrush

Soft-bristled toothbrushes are less abrasive on the teeth and cause less damage to the teeth and gums compared to firmer toothbrushes. Everyone would be okay with a soft bristle toothbrush. It is important when you are brushing your teeth that you start from the back and when you move to the teeth in the front to brush in a circular motion. This will help you get any plaque and bacteria that is near the gum line.

Chew sugar-free gum

Chewing sugar-free gum can help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. It also stimulates the saliva in your mouth to move around which bathes your teeth with calcium and phosphate ions to replenish tooth enamel.

Clean your tongue every day

Most people forget about the tongue. It needs to be maintained too. Reduce your chances of having bad breath and the eliminate the bacterial build up by cleaning your tongue every time you wash your mouth. Do this with a scraper that can be found on some toothbrushes or you can apply some toothpaste on your tongue and scrub it with your everyday toothbrush. You can also run dental floss across your tongue.

By having a daily dental hygiene routine and following these tips will help you have healthy teeth and gums.

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