Taking care of your smile is important as a healthy mouth can lead to you having great overall health. Taking care of your teeth, mouth and gums should be a daily habit as a good oral and dental hygiene regime can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease as well as help you keep your teeth!
In order to have good oral health it is necessary to be without untreated tooth decay or periodontal disease, this includes a number of other less prevalent oral diseases and disorders.
A healthy mouth enables you to eat, speak and socialise without pain, discomfort or embarrassment and with Easter around the corner what better time to get on track of with your oral health!
‘How?’ Do you ask.
Brush for 2 minutes twice a day to physically remove any plaque from your teeth. This helps keep your teeth clean and help reduces the risk of decay.
Flossing daily to remove plaque in between teeth. Flossing reduces the chances of buildup forming whilst also preventing decay. Brushing alone can not clean teeth as the bristles are too large to fit in between tooth spaces.
Drinking water in between meals helps to reduce tooth decay by physically rinsing food remnants off teeth as well as stabilizing the pH levels in the mouth. Eating food alters the acidity of the mouth and when the acidity is not at its normal level bacteria is more likely to grow causing demineralization. Water and milk have similar pH levels to saliva therefore assists in returning the pH to neutral reducing the risk of decay.
Reducing snacking and sticking to regular meal times is best for your oral health as it maintains a neutral balance in your mouth whilst snacking throughout the day can make it more difficult for your saliva to protect your teeth.
Chewing Sugar free gum:
Chewing sugar free gum in between meal times helps to increase the amount of saliva your glands produce, encouraging cleaner healthier teeth. Chewing gum also helps remove plaque in between brushing.
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