A good oral hygiene routine includes regular visits to your trusted dentist, but you can also practise good habits between dental visits.
There are several different ways in which you can keep your teeth healthy and strong while waiting for your next dental check-up.
What are some of the lesser-known things to do and avoid for healthy teeth and gums?
Brush teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily
Practice good oral hygiene. Brush teeth thoroughly at least twice a day and floss daily between the teeth to remove dental plaque.
Consider rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash
Mouthwash freshens breath, reduces plaque and gingivitis, whitens teeth, and soothes dry mouth. And with its antimicrobial benefits and additional fluoride, you’ll wonder why you didn’t add it to your routine sooner!
Change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and after recovering from an illness
Along with cleaning your toothbrush, you should also be changing it out on a regular basis. The best practice is to get a new toothbrush every three to four months (or sooner, if the bristles start to fray).
You should also change your toothbrush if you get sick to ensure that harmful bacteria are not reintroduced through your mouth.
Consume too much sugary and acidic foods and beverages
Sugar converts into acids, which can then erode the enamel of your teeth. These acids are what lead to cavities. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also erode tooth enamel.
Use sharp and pointed objects in removing food stuck between your teeth
Do not use sharp, piercing objects like toothpicks to remove stuck food particles since they may end up injuring the tooth enamel or damaging the gum even if they happen to perform the duty successfully.
Don’t smoke or use other tobacco products
Smokers are 3 to 6 times more likely to develop gum disease, which can attack roots and cause teeth to fall out. Even smokeless tobacco products can irritate the gum tissue, causing gums around teeth to loosen, making it easier for bacteria to settle in and develop tooth decay.
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