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28 Apr

5 Tips to Boost Your Oral Hygiene Routine


There’s more to a sparkling smile than just brushing and flossing.

How well you care for your teeth and gums reflects 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.

Brush with a better Toothbrush and change it every 2 to 3 months

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 but can be abrasive. The harder the bristles are, the easier to brush too hard, leading to enamel loss and even receding gums.

Add Mouthwash and sugar-free Chewing Gum to your Routine.

Brushing and flossing should be followed twice a day by 30 seconds of rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash, which will kill more oral bacteria and help fight plaque.

Eat a Nutritious Diet and Drink More Tap Water

Focus on eating a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, grains, chicken and fish, and organic varieties of certain foods to protect against pesticides. Limit the consumption of Coke and Red Bull, as they could increase the risk of cavities.

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 keeps you hydrated, but it could help you avoid overeating at meals. Tap Water in many areas typically has fluoride added to it, which is good for teeth.

Eat Teeth-whitening Foods

Some foods can 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 accumulated plaque, making teeth appear yellow. Also, these crunchy foods require more chewing time, they stimulate saliva which helps neutralize acids that can erode teeth.

Wait Before You Brush After Having Foods and Drinks with Low pH

Immediate brushing after consuming such Foods and drinks, which are basically acidic foods, could soften the teeth’ enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time.