Maintaining your oral health is a very important part of overall health and well-being. Maybe you already familiar with basic things to maintain your oral health, like brush twice a day and not eat too many sweets.
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Those are still relevant. But you still can add these tips to maintain a healthy smile.
1. Visit Your Dentist
Prevention is always better than cure, so it is important for you to visit a dentist regularly to check your oral health. Your dentist will examine your mouth and address any potential health issues. You may need to have your teeth cleaned to remove plaque if you have tartar buildup.
Most dentists usually will recommend a scheduled dental appointment every six months to keep your oral health in check. They also will educate you on how to maintain oral health at home.
2. Brush and Floss Daily
It is important to brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes and floss your teeth at least once a day to prevent and plaque buildup.
3. Rinse with Mouthwash
Not only will eliminate any bad smell on your mouth but rinse your mouth with mouthwash will also protect your teeth and gums from bacteria that can cause gum disease.
Rinse your mouth with mouthwash at least once a day for 15-30 seconds for optimal results.
4. Change Your Tooth Brush Frequently
Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months or sooner to ensure that the bristles are still effective and bacteria accumulation is minimal.
You can change your toothbrush right away if the bristles are beginning to fray. This is because worn-out bristles can cause gum bleeding and halitosis or bad breath from bacterial or fungal growth in the toothbrush.
As the bristles become worn they become more prone to bacterial or fungal growth. Using a toothbrush for more than three months might give you dental problems, halitosis, or bad breath. Worn-out bristles can cause gum bleeding.
5. Eat and Drink Healthily
Sugary snacks and beverages can be a lovable treat for once in a while, but eating too many of them can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Watch what you eat and drink to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Avoid drinking too many beverages that can stain your teeth, like coffee, red wine, and foods with turmeric. Limit your soda and fizzy drinks consumption too.
6. Remember that Teeth are not Tools
Please refrain from using your teeth to open a bottle or bite on hard subjects, like ice, pens, etc. It is because this action can damage your teeth.
7. Stop Smoking
Smoking can cause your teeth to turn yellow as well as erode your gums. It also can increase your risk for gum disease, bad breath, tooth loss, and worst, oral cancer.
So if you wish to have a healthy smile and good dental health, don’t forget to do these tips.
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