Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Healthy Teeth - 5 Tips On How To Keep Your Teeth Healthy And Strong

You need to eat right to be well and fit. To eat right means chewing your food completely so that proper digestion takes place. You are able to chew your food and enjoy it only when you have a complete set of healthy and strong teeth. These 5 tips on how to keep your teeth healthy will make your life easy, enjoyable, and stress-free:

1. Brushing at least twice a day is the most basic but considered the most important dental care. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the very first lessons you learn as a child. The right toothbrush matters - those bristles should be round-ended and soft enough to remove plaque and food particles without damaging the enamel or the gums. The size should be just right to reach all corners of the mouth including the back part of the teeth. You should replace your toothbrush when the bristles begin to wear, or ideally every 3 months.

2. Regularly use dental floss. Even with regular brushing, there will always be areas where food debris can’t be removed. Wrap the floss around your fingers and wave it up and down between each tooth. Some people floss first before brushing but it really doesn’t matter what’s done first. After brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth, swishing it around in your mouth, and spit it out after one minute.

3. Watch what you eat. The types of food and beverages that you consume and your over-all eating habits have an effect to your oral and gum condition. Consumption of a well-balanced diet with emphasis on fruits and vegetables is an excellent choice. Dental plaque thrives on sugar. The contact of bacteria and sugar creates acids that destroy tooth enamel. Caffeine-rich beverages can discolor your teeth, however you may use a straw to avoid most of the sugar and stain that could make your teeth and gums sick.

4. Keep your gums healthy. You should check for signs of cavities or gum disease if you notice some color change of your gums. Gum tissue is normally soft and pinkish. If it becomes reddish, it could be a symptom of Gingivitis, a disease causing the gums to become sore and swollen. You must also be careful not to damage or irritate your gums when brushing and flossing. At the first sign of gum disease, go to your dentist immediately.

5. Have a regular appointment with a qualified dentist. Your dentist can give you further specific advice on how to keep your teeth healthy so you may have a confident smile at all times.
A smile is what keeps a day bright. But how can you smile when you don’t have healthy teeth to show? Keeping your teeth healthy requires you to have discipline and the right attitude. Prevention is always better than cure, and it can save you a lot of time, money, energy and stress.

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