13 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Healthy
Thirteen may be an unlucky number, but there’s nothing unlucky about taking care of your teeth. Take a quick read of these super-important tips and make sure you’re doing what you can to keep your teeth healthy and your money in your pocket – not spent on unnecessary dental bills.
1. Brush Twice a Day
Twice daily brushing removes food particles and plaque that can build up and attack your teeth and gums.
2. Don’t go to Sleep without Rinsing your Mouth
Doze off to sleep after recently eating any food, and leftover particles can easily lead to developing cavities and plaque.
3. Consider a Mouthwash
Mouthwash can help minimise the amount of acid in your mouth, clean hard to reach areas in your mouth and gums and also remineralise the teeth.
4. Floss Regularly
Flossing is crucial to get the food out from between your teeth and other hard-to-reach places, where bacteria can grow and damage your gums. Mouthwash can help minimise the amount of acid in your mouth, clean hard to reach areas in your mouth and gums and also remineralise the teeth.
5. Use Fluoridated Toothpaste
Fluoride will help harden your tooth enamel and protect your teeth from bad bacteria that can cause damage.
6. Visit your Dentist regularly
Don’t underestimate the importance of regular cleaning and dental check-ups when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy. Your dentist will be able to identify any dental issues early so you can stop them from turning into major (and expensive) problems.
7. Limit Sugary Foods
There are many foods that are bad for teeth, and surgery foods are among the worst! Bacteria feed off the sugar on your teeth and turn it into acid, which then erodes the enamel and causes cavities. The more sugary foods you eat, the more the bacteria have to feed off, and this causes even more damage.
8. Avoid Acidic Drinks like Soft Drinks and Cordials
Acidic drinks can damage the enamel on your teeth, making them more vulnerable to cavities. If you do consume something acidic, following up with water or something alkaline like milk or cheese can help.
9. Change your Toothbrush regularly
Microorganisms thrive on toothbrushes, so make sure you replace yours every few months. Frayed bristles can also make your toothbrush stop working as well.
10. Protect your Teeth with a Mouthguard
A mouthguard is essential when you’re doing sport as it can prevent damage to your teeth.
11. Drink plenty of Water
Drinking water keeps your mouth hydrated and helps rinse away excess food after meals. It can also help remineralise your teeth after consuming acidic food or drinks, further reducing the risk of tooth decay.
12. Don’t use your Teeth to Bite anything other than Food
Teeth are not tools. Avoid using them to open packets of food or remove bottle tops if you want to avoid damaging or chipping them.
13. Avoid Grinding your Teeth
This may be easier said than done, particularly as those who grind or involuntarily clench their teeth often do so while stressed – or asleep. However, if you think you may be grinding your teeth, do speak to your dentist. He or she can check the enamel on your teeth (which can be worn away by constant grinding) and also created a treatment plan for you which may involve a splint and possibly muscle relaxant medication.