They say that prevention is better than the cure.
But no matter how you think about prevention, if you don’t couple it with practice, you still can’t expect to reap the results that you want.
Same thing applies in taking good care of your teeth and gums. Not paying enough attention to your oral care can complicate some existing health conditions that you have such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney problems.
In fact, these diseases are highly linked to an unhealthy oral condition. It is important that we pay close attention to how well we are protecting our teeth and gums from foreign substance that can cause them serious damage.
Below are daily habits we all can do to ensure we get the best oral health we can and drive the diseases away.
Brushing your teeth daily
This is a must regardless of where and what practices you observe in terms of hygiene. Brushing of teeth (at least 2 times a day) removes the food residue that is left in your mouth.
This also prevents the build-up of unwanted materials that can destroy the teeth or can contribute to their yellowish color.
Tongue scraping is an important part of this process which you also need to take note of. You may either use a tongue scraper of your tooth brush as an alternative for cleaning your tongue.
Remember that bad breath is not just caused by a decayed teeth or gums but also by an unhealthy tongue.
Brushing is a must, but just like any other tools we use at home, it’s not perfect. There are certain parts of the teeth which brushes aren’t able to reach.
Therefore, food particles stuck in those places like the in-between areas of your teeth remain. Flossing solves this problem as it’s created to exactly reach those places and thoroughly clean the inner parts of your teeth.
Make sure that you focus on the in-between areas while flossing. You’re sure to feel the difference in no time!
Moderation on sweet intake
Everyone loves candy and other sweets. But a word of caution: They damage your teeth.
Your mouth has acid-absorbing bacteria which are fed by sugar, so too much sugar could end up wearing out the enamel present on your teeth. Enamel is the natural component of your teeth that is responsible for its glossy white color.
So don’t be surprised if you’re a candy lover and your teeth look less glossy and white. It’s the effect of taking in too much sugar.
Fruits are highly recommended as alternatives.
Avoid frequent eating
While they say that you should eat at least 5 times a day including morning and afternoon snacks, you should be mindful of the foods that you eat.
I stick with the rule: Eat only when you are hungry.
Frequent eating (meals and snacks) increases the build-up of food residue in your teeth which in turn exposes them to more damage.
Maintain your healthy diet and drive away the temptation of eating more.
Anything else you want to add on this list? Feel free to write them down!