Dental health and nutrition are very closely tied together. After all, having a healthy mouth makes it much easier to consume the foods we need to keep the rest of our body healthy! Check out this great guest blog post from guest writer Lacey Batch of Try Snow providing some great tips to prevent or eliminate dental problems!
Maintaining a healthy set of a teeth and having a bright smile does not have to be expensive or complicated. Healthy teeth and gums is preventive measure from toothache, and teeth and gum diseases that would sometimes go as far as dental surgery. Good thing you can prevent these with simple dental care techniques that you can add to your daily routine.
It boils down to hygiene and proper care for your dental health. Like your physical health, dental care needs tending to, although it may not be as elaborate and complicated as you may imagine. Say goodbye to dental problems with these useful tips.
1) Use Proper Brushing Technique
A common misconception with brushing the teeth is that applying force on your strokes is more effective in removing bacteria and plaque. The truth is, whether you apply hard or soft force on your brushing strokes, the effects of the brush and the removal of bacteria are the same as the bristles are made of the same material. It is advisable to use soft strokes when brushing to prevent wounds and cuts on the gums which can lead to infection.
2) Take a Soft Touch With a Soft-bristled Brush
Another factor to consider when brushing the teeth is the type of toothbrush you use. Dentists suggest the use of soft bristles instead of hard ones, as this can act as a gentle cleanser of the teeth, tongue and gums. There are normally three types of toothbrush to choose from, ranging from soft to hard. Unless prescribed by a dentist, it is best to choose the soft type. This can also prevent the hard bristles from scarring or wounding the gums from regular brushing.
Be sure to change your toothbrush at least every six weeks. This is to maintain the cleanliness of the brush you use. Store your toothbrush in a cabinet away from dust and dirt.
3) Floss Properly
Flossing is a good and effective way to clean off bacteria and plaque that is hard to reach with regular brushing of teeth. Use dental floss that is recommended by your dentist to ensure that you use a quality type of floss. There is a limit on the regularity of your flossing. At least once a day is the acceptable frequency. Avoid flossing after every meal as too much flossing can lead to the weakening of the gums and in some cases, the teeth.
4) Use Teeth Whitening Kit
In the idea of teeth whitening at home, don’t hesitate to use teeth whitening kits that are tested and proven to have whitening effects. Of course, it is best to consult with your dentist first before use, especially if you have preexisting dental problems. Some teeth whitening kits are usually just common ingredients that can be found in your home. Check out the label and components of the kit to see if you can replicate them. Natural teeth whitening procedures are healthy and have less side effects.
5) Check the Sugar Content of Healthy Foods
As unappealing as it is to hear, sugar is actually one of the main causes of plaque build up in the teeth. Most healthy meals still have sugar content in them, although some are still on an acceptable and healthy level. Some types of food have high sugar content that can be a cause of dental problems when regularly taken. Be sure to check and review the content of your meals to see if the sugar component is still acceptable for you.
6) Use a Tongue Scraper
Our tongue has the tendency to retain the plaque and bacteria from the food we eat. This can be seen from discoloration of the tongue depending on the color of food you intake. If you notice in babies, their tongue are sometimes white because babies constantly drink milk. The same effect can be observed with adults. You can use a tongue scraper to remove the discoloration which also removes the bacteria and plaque. Don’t forget to rinse with mouthwash for a complete cleansing of the mouth.
7) Don’t Smoke or Use Smokeless Tobacco
You have heard this many times and a lot of emphasis is put into it: smoking is bad. Smoking is bad for your health, that is a given. Smoking can make your teeth structure weak, introduce bad bacteria to your teeth and gums, and cause many types of infection on the dental region.
8) Avoid Sharing Spoons
This may be a common occurrence among families and sometimes even friends. However, you should remember that the mouth components of each individual may be different due to a number of factors, particularly on the status of the dental health and the food they eat. Sharing spoons will introduce to your mouth the bacteria that are from the other person’s mouth and this can lead to a number of diseases.
9) Stop Snacking
You may not want to hear this but this technique is a effective and can even help you lose a little weight. You should note that snacking on healthy food choices are still acceptable. However, if you are the type to munch on junk food and a few other unhealthy food choices, then it can lead to unhealthy gums and a weak set of teeth.
10) Schedule Regular Dental Appointments for Checkups and Professional Cleanings
Take advantage of your dental appointments and follow ups. Go to your dentist for regular cleaning and check up to see if all your teeth are still in good condition. Your dentist will identify the parts of your teeth that can already be weak and give you advice on what to do to prevent these teeth from growing even weaker. Get regular cleaning for a healthy and white set of teeth.
Simple dental care and teeth whitening at home can go a long way and give you a bright and white smile. Follow these quick and easy techniques for a healthy set of teeth and to prevent dental diseases. Say goodbye to dental problems completely.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and would love to hear any feedback you have!
Wishing you a fabulous weekend and many years of beautiful smiles,
–Ricci-Lee Hotz, MS, RDN
Denver’s Dancing Dietitian
A Taste of Health, LLC
“Improving Quality of life one bite at a time”