When it comes to taking good care of teeth and gums, dentists will always say it’s about the following practices:
(1) Brushing and flossing
(2) Regular check-ups
(3) Good diet – eating lots of vitamin- and mineral-rich food
These are the main things that everybody should be consistent with in order to ensure strong gums and teeth. However, there are additional smart health practices that can contribute significantly to optimum oral health. Rounded up below are seven helpful tips.
1. Drink more water
Water, despite being devoid of most nutrients, is the best beverage to consume if you want healthy teeth and gums. Tap water has fluoride that can protect the tooth’s enamel.
Likewise, dental professionals say it is essential in fighting the cavity process. Not only does the water wash away acids from hard to remove bacteria, but it can also help dislodge food debris that tend to settle between teeth and gums. Food particles between teeth can harden into plaque, which then can result in periodontal disease.
2. Invest in a WaterPik®
Flossing is often a sensitive subject. Many of those who do floss admit that they’re not sure if they’re doing it right. They say flossing often leaves them with bleeding gums.
On the other hand, there are folks who simply can’t be bothered with flossing. A survey reveals that one in three South Australians do not even brush their teeth twice a day. So, that statistic already projects that an alarming number of people do without flossing.
Indeed, if flossing could be done more easily, more and more people will certainly commit to it as part of their oral health routine. The best way to do without the tricky activity necessary for removing food debris between teeth is to invest in a WaterPik®. It releases powerful jet streams of water to remove food particles stuck between teeth. It is a relatively expensive way to floss, but it’s a worthy investment because it lasts a long time and it’s similar to what dentists use for oral prophylaxis.
3. Chew sugar-free gum
Since you’re not supposed to brush your teeth for 30 minutes after a meal, chew sugar-free gum instead. You’ll be able to freshen your breath, neutralize bacteria activity in your mouth, and even loosen food debris between teeth so you can brush it away easily.
4. Avoid bingeing on sweets
Everybody experiences “episodes” of sugar craving, causing the consumption of large volumes of candy and sugary beverages in a possibly short amount of time. This is terrible for teeth, according to top dentists in Brisbane. Bingeing on sweets promotes a faster cavity formation process, which is also responsible for bad breath.
5. Eat more green vegetables to prevent bleeding gums
Studies reveal that eating greens like spinach, peas, broccoli, kale, lettuce, moringa, arugula, and others boosts gum health. These are rich with the right set of vitamins and minerals that can prevent gum bleeding, especially after getting sick.
6. Drink tea more often
Drink tea (like an Asian instead of a Brit, though – meaning, without sugar). Green and black teas are loaded with nutrients that boost the body’s immune system. Likewise, they contain a good amount of polyphenols that can kill or suppress bacteria that produce tooth-attacking and tooth-weakening acid.
7. Use a straw when consuming sugary and carbonated beverages
Aging experts may say that drinking from a straw is a no-no because it’s partly responsible for wrinkles around the mouth, but for dentists, consuming sugary and carbonated drinks should ideally be done with a straw. The sugar and acid content of such drinks can erode teeth. Plus, direct contact with teeth can also lead to discoloration. Using a straw and aiming it at the back of the mouth will reduce the damage caused by sweet and acidic beverages.
These practices are easy to incorporate into your daily health routine, so being consistent is not going to be a problem. They may seem like simple activities, but they will do wonders for your oral health.
Dr. Yvette Porter is the founding dentist at Apple Dental in Newstead, Brisbane, which she started over 11 years ago, and continues to own and practice there today. She works with a team of female dentists who aim to provide gentle, and affordable dental care to patients in Brisbane. Dr. Porter is a member of the Australian Dental Association and is passionate about family, and children’s dentistry, hoping to make their dental experience truly pleasant.