There’s more to a sparkling smile than just brushing and flossing. How well you care for your teeth and gums tends to reflect back into how well you feel overall. There’s a link between your overall health and your dental health, and not taking great care of the latter can increase your risk for conditions such as heart disease, respiratory problems and even dementia.
That’s why it’s so important to take care of your teeth.
Also, no need to brush your teeth vigorously. It’s not good for teeth or gums. Medium or firm toothbrushes may leave your teeth feeling cleaner however they can be abrasive. The harder the bristles are, the easier it is to brush too hard, leading to enamel loss and even receding gums.
Twice a day brushing and flossing, should be followed by 30 seconds rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash which will kill more oral bacteria, helping to fight plaque.
Focus on eating a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, grains, chicken and fish, as well as organic varieties of certain foods for protection against pesticides. Limit the consumption of soda as it could increase the risk for cavity.
Plain tap water is a good option. Try replacing one can of soda per day with a glass of water to start and make it a habit. Tap Water not only it keeps you hydrated, but it could help you avoid overeating at meals. Tap Water in many areas has typically fluoride added to it that is good for teeth.
Some foods can actually help keep your teeth as pearly whites. Raw, coarse, fibrous foods such as celery, cucumbers, apples, pears, carrots and lettuce help scrub tooth surfaces and remove some of the plaque that’s accumulated, which can make teeth appear yellow. Also, these crunchy foods requiring more chewing time, they stimulate saliva which helps neutralize acids that can erode teeth.
Immediate brushing after consumption of such Foods and drinks, which are basically acidic foods, could soften the teeth enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time.