published on
July 27, 2016
Oral Health
Tips, Oral Health, Dental Hygiene
A killer smile can truly transform your entire life

Be it getting you that dream job, improving your relationships or simply boosting your level of self-confidence. Good oral health goes a long way than just improving the overall status of your mouth, it also helps one develop a positive mind-set. 

When you have good oral health your mouth looks and smells healthy. This basically means that your teeth are clean and free from debris, your gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss, and bad breath is not a constant problem. We are going to look at the tips on how to maintain good oral health to avoid such potential problems.

Brush Properly

The first and basic step in this process is to ensure that you properly brush your teeth. This is also the easiest step to adhere to. While doing this, ensure that you position your brush at an angle near the gum line. Then move the toothbrush about in short (tooth-wide) strokes. Ensure you do this with the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces as well as the grinding surfaces of the teeth. To brush behind the front teeth, use the tip of the toothbrush. Brushing of teeth should be a daily process, if you feel you might forget this activity at any point of the day you can always be walking around with a PocketSized Toothbrush on hand.

Clean Your Tongue

To finish off the previous step, brush the surface of your tongue as well as the roof of your mouth so that you can move the bacteria likely to cause bad breath. Ensure you clean the surface of your tongue daily. You can also go a step further and buy a professional tongue cleaner for this process. You should brush your tongue and teeth at least twice a day to prevent acid build-up from the breakdown of food by bacteria. This would mean that even if you are going for a sleepover somewhere ensure you carry a toothbrush, in this case a PocketSized Toothbrush or Pocket Toothbrush, like Brushee, is recommended.

Floss Regularly

Many times we usually forget if not ignore flossing soon after brushing, but it is equally as important. You should use a long enough floss, leaving about an inch or two to work with. Gently floss while following the curves on your teeth. Ensure you also clean beneath the gum line while at the same time avoid snapping the floss on the gums. Flossing helps remove food particles and other detrimental substances that regular brushing cannot. This is because the process is able to reach between your teeth where the bristles of your toothbrush cannot not even mouthwash . Flossing is recommended at the very least once a day.

Things To Avoid

The next aspect to look into in oral health is the things to avoid. Avoid tobacco as it is likely to cause oral cancer as well as other periodontal complications. You should also limit your soda, coffee and alcohol intake. As much as all these beverages contain the phosphorous mineral component, which is necessary for the mouth, too much of it is likely to result to the depletion of the level of calcium in the body. Calcium plays an important role in tooth formation and well-being, so this would mean that the dental hygiene of the individual would be degraded. This would result in tooth decay as well as gum disease.

Things To Do Instead

Having looked at what to avoid, let us now look at the type of foods to take for proper oral care. Foods rich in calcium are very essential for this process. You can consume foods like milk, fortified orange juice, yogurt, cheese, broccoli as well as other dairy products. Calcium supplements can also be of help and you can take the dosage depending on your age and prescription. Vitamin D is also important in maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Vitamin B on the other hand would protect the gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding. Other nutrients required for proper dental hygiene include zinc, iodine, copper, potassium and iron.After all that has been said and done about the aspects to be followed on proper dental hygiene, one last aspect needs to be looked into as well. Ensure you make regular visits to the dentist. Make appointments with your dentist at least twice in a year. Visiting a dentist you give you the benefit of having a mouth cancer check-up. The dentist will also give you excellent tips and advice on preventing dental problems.

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