Ensuring you take care of your oral health is essential if you want to make sure your teeth and gums stay in tip-top shape. You may think that it’s just about brushing your teeth twice a day. However, there are several other things you should be doing to improve your oral health.
1. Floss Regularly
Every dentist will recommend that you floss daily. But many people still neglect flossing. It feels like a tedious and uncomfortable task for many people. But flossing is vital to remove stubborn plaque and the erosion of your gums over time.
A great way to make flossing easier is to use water picks, which are less painful and easier to use. If you still have trouble getting in the habit of flossing, try flossing every other day. This progression will slowly get you comfortable and used to flossing.
2. Brush Your Tongue
You want to make sure you brush your tongue, and your teeth as this will help remove the plaque build-up on your tongue. You should brush your tongue after you brush your teeth so that you do not spread all the gunk on your tongue onto your teeth.
Brushing your tongue will also help you get rid of odours. It’s usually your tongue that makes your breath smell. After cleaning your tongue, make sure you rinse off your toothbrush well to remove all the plaque.
3. Use Mouthwash
We all know that the advertisement for mouthwash is often about a way to kill plaque. Some people that are careful about brushing may deem it unnecessary. But there are other benefits that you get by using mouthwash.
Mouthwash gets rid of the acid that is in your mouth. It helps you remove plaque and food debris in hard-to-reach areas. It also helps keep bad breath in check. All these benefits make it a must to use mouthwash if you care about your oral health.
4. Brush After Every Meal
It’s not uncommon for a dentist to recommend that you brush after every meal. By brushing three to four times a day, you do not allow the acids and plaque to even build up after your meals. This regularity eliminates the chance of you developing cavities, gum issues, and enamel problems.
After every meal, brushing your teeth may seem tedious, but you have to remember that it only takes two to four minutes of your time. If you are too busy to brush your teeth or find it too tedious, you should still be rinsing your mouth out with water after every meal and consider bringing a portable bottle of mouthwash you can use.
5. Limit Sugar and Acidic Foods
Sugar is harmful to oral health. It turns into acid, which ends up leading to cavities and even damage to your enamel. You want to make a conscious effort into cutting your sugar intake and choosing better options. The added benefit is that cutting sugar will benefit your overall health.
Another problematic category of foods is acidic foods. Foods like juices, fruits, teas, alcohol, and coffee can wear down your enamel over time. A great way to avoid the damage is to use a straw when drinking teas, juices, and coffee. You also want to rinse your mouth after consuming acidic foods.
These are five simple ways you can improve your oral health. As you can see, most of the solutions are practical and very easy to follow. A little really does go a long way when it comes to your oral health, so try to figure out how to integrate one or more of these simple solutions into your daily regimen.
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