It’s so important that we look after our teeth. Having healthy teeth and gums makes it so much easier to enjoy good food and helps with confidence. All year round there are different events and celebrations which involve consuming yummy food. It’s important to stick with your oral hygiene routine during these periods.
This one goes without saying, but by cutting back on sugary food and drink, will benefit your teeth and oral hygiene. Sticky foods such as gummy sweets, granola bars, etc all leave a thin layer of sugar on your teeth, so avoid these or eat as little of these as possible. Snack on healthy fruit or vegetables which are crunchy, e.g. Apples, carrots, cucumber, celery and more.
Brush at least twice daily
By gently brushing your teeth on all sides with a soft brush, this helps to ensure your teeth are clean. If you lightly brush your tongue, this can also help to keep your mouth clean. Do not scrub, as you may hurt yourself. By doing this, it can help remove bacteria and freshen up breath. It’s also important to remember to replace your toothbrush with a new one every few months, try not to leave it any longer than four months.
Floss your teeth daily
Dental floss is important and a key tool for removing plaque and bits of food that a toothbrush can’t usually reach. By flossing once a day, you can keep your mouth that extra bit clean if you floss between each tooth and behind the back of your teeth.
Go for regular dental check-ups
You should aim to visit your dentist at least once every six months. Visiting a dentist is never really a pleasant experience, but if you find one where you feel as comfortable as possible, it will make visiting a lot easier – such as The Old Spire if you are based in Halifax, or nearby. Don’t wait until you are in a lot of pain to go see your dentist, as there are many signs that you need to have your teeth checked such as swelling in your jaw or painful, swollen gums.
What are your tips for looking after your mouth? Let me know in the comments.