Maintaining a healthy mouth is not only good for keeping white, strong looking teeth; but also good for your wallet. Keeping a healthy mouth means that you may reduce the need to visit the dentist often due to issues caused by a build-up of plaque and nasty bacteria.
The most effective and easiest way of keeping your teeth and mouth clean is by brushing your teeth. The recommended amount of time to brush your teeth for is about 2 minutes. Many people don’t realise, just how long 2 minutes actually feels like, so many dentists recommend setting a timer. To brush like a pro, dentists recommend placing the bristles at a 45-degree angle and repeat a back and forth, up and down motion. They also recommend brushing at least twice a day.
Flossing is time-consuming and a chore! We know! However, it is very important as flossing reaches parts of your teeth that a toothbrush just can’t reach. Even mouthwash will struggle to remove the food particles stuck between your teeth. The particles that flossing can reach!
Tobacco is nothing but bad news for your mouth. Not only will it stain your teeth, it will save you from oral cancer and periodontal infections. Many people try and mask the smell of tobacco, causing further damage. For example, using candies, drinking tea or coffee to mask the smoking breath.
Reduce Sofa, Coffee and Alcohol
Believe it or not, but these drinks contain a high level of Phosphorous, which is an important mineral for a healthy mouth. Although, too much Phosphorous can actually deplete the body of calcium. This can cause dental hygiene problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Milk, cheese, and other clean non-sugary foods are perfect for keeping a healthy mouth. Milk and Cheese are high in calcium, which is an amazing mineral used to help protect teeth. Other important minerals for the mouth are; Copper, zinc, iodine, iron and potassium.
Visit Your Dentist
As mentioned in our Tooth Damaging Material blog under the ‘Prevention’ heading. Maison Smiles believes that visiting the hygienist at least twice a year, will do the world of good. This prevents the long-term build-up of plaque and bacteria.
Mouthwashes are not always necessary but accommodate brushing and flossing very well. They are designed to destroy bad bacteria that can be a leading cause of tooth decay and gum disease. They are also very good at keeping your breath fresh.
Clean Your Tongue
Your tongue is covered in bacteria that live particularly in the rougher top areas of your tongue. Cleaning your tongue with a proper tongue cleaner can help remove this bacteria, which is a leading cause of bad breath.