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Maida Smiles (W. London)

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07 Apr
                           

5 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

                           

There is more to keeping your teeth healthy than simply brushing and flossing. Keeping up with your dental routine is very important, but you have probably been told to brush and floss daily since you learned how to hold a toothbrush. What about tongue care? What about your diet? What kind of toothpaste do you use?

These are all important aspects to consider when brushing your oral care and keeping your teeth as clean, white, and healthy as possible.

We spoke to our hygienist, and we have found a couple of tips for keeping your teeth healthy and white.

Limit sugary foods

Sugar causes tooth decay. It converts into acid in the mouth, eroding teeth’ enamel and causing cavities. This is why avoiding sugary food and drinks with a high sugar content is so important. Even some foods that may seem healthy and good for you, such as fruits, can contain high sugar levels. Sugar is everywhere these days, and even though it might be impossible to cut down entirely on our sugar intake, we all should aim to keep it to a minimum.

Don’t neglect your tongue.

Once you have brushed your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue at the end of the brushing. Tongue brushing is often overlooked, but it is essential to remove bacteria from your mouth, keep your mouth and teeth healthy, and avoid bad breath! Plaque can also build up on your tongue and teeth. Ensure you brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth.

There are toothbrushes with short bristles at the back to help brush your tongue. There are also explicitly made tongue scrapers, which are essentially toothbrushes for your tongue, that you can buy from us on your next visit to Maida Smiles Clinic or online.

Use fluoride toothpaste

Fluoride is a leading defence against tooth decay. Sometimes, we are overwhelmed by the number of toothpaste options available. It doesn’t necessarily matter what version you choose; just make sure it contains fluoride. Fluoride is not just for kids. It is a natural mineral that fights germs that lead to tooth decay and hardens tooth enamel, helping prevent cavities.

Choose what you drink wisely.

Soft drinks and sugary juices are the leading causes of tooth decay. Drinks such as wine are known to stain your teeth. Drinking less soft drinks and more water and milk can help protect your teeth. Water continues to be the best drink for your health and oral health. As a rule of thumb, it’s good to drink water with and in between every meal. This can help wash out some of the adverse effects of sticky and acidic foods and drinks between brushes.

See your dentist at least twice a year.

Even the most dutiful brushers must see a dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. Your dentist and dental hygienist are there to help you. Regular visits will allow your dentist to create a daily brushing and flossing plan tailored to the specific needs of your teeth. Your dentist can also remove calculus and look for cavities, which you cannot do from home. They will also be able to spot any other potential issues that you may have and offer treatment.