Simple Tips for Good Oral Health
Today’s generation is obsessed with maintaining a healthy body, living a balanced lifestyle, and always looking our best. Gyms, health food retailers, and beauty product retailers have certainly benefited from the ever-increasing influx of consumers looking to get in shape, keep in shape, look after their bodies, and look great. Despite our dedication to eating healthy and exercising plenty, going to our morning yoga classes, and living a holistic life, we tend to forget about an important part of our body. A lot of us forget that our teeth are an integral part of our body and without them; our life would be significantly different. It’s a shock that only now, are people becoming more aware of the correlation between good oral health and overall health. If you are interested how you can keep your teeth strong and healthy and help the rest of your body while you’re at it, RedTree Dental in Fairview has something for you!
Here are 8 simple tips for good oral health:
- White-teeth diet: If you are guzzling red wine and black tea, or smoking cigarettes or cigars don’t expect your teeth to remain brilliantly white. Colas, gravies, and dark juices are other culprits to blame for grungy teeth. Simply put, if it’s dark when you put it in your mouth, odds are it’s going to stain your teeth. You should brush immediately after eating or drinking foods or drinks that stain teeth. In-office teeth whitening is another excellent option how to brighten your teeth.
- New toothbrush: Chuck your toothbrush or change the head of your electric toothbrush at last every two or three months. If you don’t you’re just transferring bacteria to your mouth. You should be brushing your teeth by placing your brush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and gently moving it in a circular motion.
- Clean your tongue: Most people don’t think to clean their tongue but it’s a great hiding spot for bacteria. Use a tongue scraper to remove tongue plaque and freshen breath! Using a tongue scraper is more effective than using a regular toothbrush.
- Detergent foods: Foods that are “firm” or “crisp” help to clean the teeth as they are eaten. Apples are often referred to as nature’s toothbrush in the dental world. Aside from apples, you can eat raw carrots, celery, and even popcorn! For optimal results, make these foods the last thing you eat before you brush your teeth.
- Apple cider vinegar: This is going to sound a little weird but you should gargle with apple cider vinegar. Daily use helps to remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria residing on your teeth and gums.
- Baking soda: Brush your teeth with baking soda once a week. This will remove stains and naturally whiten your teeth. You can use it as an alternative to toothpaste!
- Keep your mouth fresh: Using mouthwash kills the bacteria left behind after brushing and flossing. Find a mouthwash with minimal alcohol. Mouthwashes containing too much alcohol can actually dry out your mouth, making it more susceptible to decay.
- Practice flossing: This is another one that sounds ridiculous. Practice flossing with your eyes shut. If you can floss without using a mirror to guide your actions, you can floss anywhere. Our schedules are jammed and finding time to floss can be tough.