Habits that can destroy your healthy smile
If aiming to have perfect pearly whites, you should know which are the most common oral care mistakes and avoid making them
1. Not using floss
Flossing is essential for keeping healthy gums, as food particles stuck between teeth can cause bad breath, plaque build-up and gum irritations. To prevent further oral conditions, get used to flossing at least once a day to toughen up your gums and keep your oral health at optimum levels.
2. Not brushing your teeth after consuming pigmented foods
Acidic foods and beverages, as well as coffee, tea and wine can erode and stain tooth enamel, slowly leading to an unpleasant yellow color of the teeth. Brushing your teeth 30 minutes after eating and drinking is essential to keep the stains away. Make sure you do not brush your teeth immediately after meals including these foods and drinks, as you will only be brushing the acids into the enamel. Wait for half an hour and brush as usual. In addition, limit sodas, coffee and alcohol, as these drinks can deplete calcium out of your body.
3. Bleaching your teeth too often
Excessive bleaching increases tooth sensitivity. Ask for your dentist’s advice before deciding on the bleaching system and frequency of procedures.
4. Not regularly replacing your toothbrush
As bacteria accumulates between the bristles, replacing your toothbrush every three months is essential for a healthy oral cavity. Also, use a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid gum damage and further dental sensitivity and try not to brush your teeth by using an aggressive brushing technique.
5. Not eating a diet rich in minerals and vitamins
Calcium is vital for teeth and bones. Just like vitamin D and the vitamin B complex are essential for the health of the gums. If aiming to keep both teeth and gums healthy, try to eat more calcium rich foods, such as: milk, fortified orange juice, yogurt, broccoli, cheese, grapefruits, dark green leafy vegetables, chicken, fish, eggs, fortified cereals. Copper, zinc, iodine, iron and potassium are as well important for the health of the entire oral cavity. Also consider taking a dietary supplement containing these elements if neccesary.
6. Avoiding the dentist
Despite dentist phobia, anyone should visit a dental specialist at least twice a year for a routine check-up and a full hygiene treatment. This way, your doctor will be able to prevent further complications and save you lots of money and time. And you will gain the most beautiful of smiles.