From the Experts: Homecare Tips for a Healthy Mouth
Protecting your teeth is an essential part of an all-round healthy regimen, and it starts at home. Setting aside advertisements for toothpaste and mouthwash, what do experts really say about dental hygiene and health?
Dental professionals share four important tips to promote a healthy, clean mouth:
Use Antibacterial Toothpaste with Fluoride
Any toothpaste does the job as long as it has fluoride and substances that fight bacteria. Bacteria are the main reason behind tooth decay or caries. They eat away at the enamel after some time and leave teeth broken or soft. Other than using fluoride, avoid sugary food, like candies, chocolates, and even fruits. They have acids that weaken the enamel and demineralize the teeth, eventually leading to cavities.
Never Forget to Floss
No matter how well you brush, your toothbrush can’t reach certain areas. The food stuck between the teeth, if left unattended, may damage the enamel and result in cavities. Dentists advise flossing at least once a day after brushing to prevent this. Dental professional Scott W. Grant, DMD says flossing may also reduce the risk of oral problems like halitosis and cavities.
Skip the Rinse
As much as possible, some dentists suggest skipping out on rinsing the toothpaste bubbles after brushing. Leaving the fluoride and mint content on the teeth’s surface overnight can do wonders in preventing bacteria buildup.
Drink Water to Wash away Sugars
Sugary foods have been proven to destroy teeth, so drink water and brush teeth after eating something sweet. Bacteria may also form at the back of your throat, so brushing and drinking water can prevent a sore throat.
These self-care tips can make a difference in your oral health regimen. But, keep in mind that consulting a dentist who can provide you with treatment specific to your needs is still the recommended way to maintain good oral health.