How To Look After Your Teeth

May 31st, 2013

 

We all need to take better care of our teeth and gums these days,  all the processed foods we eat are packed with sugar and if we want to avoid losing teeth or constantly having fillings as well as a number of quite unpleasant infections, regular brushing and flossing is really important for everybody. It's ok to use mouthwash but its best to use the ones that don't contain alcohol as they tend to make your mouth very dry afterwards and you need saliva to help to ward off bacteria and help to digest your food.

A healthy tongue is just as important as healthy teeth and gums. Tongue scrapers are great when brushing your teeth which is great for reducing the bacteria in your mouth. Should you not have a tongue scraper you can always use your toothbrush to give your tongue a scrub. Many toothbrushes these days have tongue scrapers on the opposite side of the head to the bristles side.

You need to avoid hot foods and drinks whenever you have any inflammation of the gums. These foods and beverages only cause gum inflammation and irritate problems you already have so these are to be avoided until the infection has gone.  It is very important that you try to make tooth brushing as fun as you can for your young children so that they will want to do it regularly and make it a habit rather than a chore.

Its a great idea to turn tooth brushing into a game with your children, get involved and have a competition to see who takes the longest time over brushing maybe even buy them a small present when they have brushed their teeth for a certain number of days in a row. You can avoid a lot damage to your teeth if you avoid drinking fizzy drinks. Most of them contain extremely high amounts of sugar as well as harsh chemicals. Read the labels of the beverages you purchase and talk to your dentist about the effect of fizzy drinks and sweets on your teeth and be prepared to be surprised at how much damage they do to people's teeth.

Don't just give your teeth a cursory brushing. You need to cleanse under the gums and the gum surfaces also. Under the gums tend to be where the cavities that can be the most troublesome tend to hide.
It's a good plan to get your teeth cleaned and polished by your dentist twice a year and that way your dentist can give you a check up at the same time. This will help you to minimise the chances of having to have fillings or extractions and keep infections at bay.

Its a good practice to keep toothpicks and dental floss with you at all times to keep your teeth clean and free of bacteria attracting food debris between your teeth. Flossing especially does a great job of removing food from the gaps between your teeth. If you are going for cosmetic dental treatment, always go for veneers instead of crowns whenever possible, veneers require far less tooth and enamel removed. Remember that oral hygiene is more than just white teeth and good breath. The mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. Bacteria and infections that start here can spread to your heart and liver. It has been discovered that a lot of heart problems and even some cancers originate from infections in the mouth and gums.

Your teeth are used for much more than just chewing your food, so it is of the utmost importance that you take care of them. Make sure you implement the advice that you've just read in the article above. Your teeth will be brighter and healthier in no time.