Oral health is an essential part of your overall health and well-being. Good oral health not only affects your mouth but may also aid in preventing other diseases such as respiratory diseases, diabetes, cancers, and heart disease. As we mark World Oral Health Day under the theme ‘Be proud of your mouth’, here are a few tips to help you maintain good oral hygiene and achieve the perfect smile.
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
Brushing your teeth for two minutes, at least twice a day is considered the primary step to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing your teeth helps remove food and plaque which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. When brushing your teeth, brush every surface; the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Use a fluoride-containing toothpaste when brushing and do not rinse your mouth right after brushing to allow enough time for the fluoride to work on your teeth and gums, preventing tooth decay. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three months.
Make it a daily habit to brush your tongue. Bacteria building up on your tongue can lead to mouth odour or halitosis and white discoloration of your tongue. Brushing your tongue regularly can reduce the amount of bacteria on the tongue, which may improve oral health as well as mouth freshness.
Daily flossing helps remove food particles stuck between your teeth. Regular flossing helps remove plaque that forms along the gum line and reduces inflammation. This may reduce gum disease and bad breath.
- Eat a balanced, low-sugar diet.
Eating a well-balanced diet that is low in sugar will help you maintain good dental health. It can also help prevent other diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Consuming excessive amounts of sugars from processed foods, soft drinks, sweet desserts, etc. will increase your risk for tooth decay and other oral diseases.
- Drinking Water
Simply drinking water every day will help you maintain good oral health. Water helps remove food particles from your mouth, keeping your mouth clean and reducing the negative effects of acidic foods and drinks on your teeth. It also helps to prevent a dry mouth, thus improving your breath. Water is also needed in the production of saliva which is essential for removing food from your teeth and aiding you to chew, taste, swallow, and digest food.
- Use mouthwashes
Rinsing your mouth regularly with a fluoride mouthwash helps to kill harmful bacteria between your teeth and on your tongue. It helps prevent bad breath and improves gum health. Mouthwashes work better after you have cleaned your teeth and flossed. Mouthwashes should not be used as a substitute for brushing your teeth.
- Visit the dentist regularly
It is recommended to see a dentist twice a year, even if you are not having any dental issues. Regular check-ups and dental cleanings can help maintain good oral health and help prevent oral diseases. The dentist can also educate you on good oral hygiene habits to help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy.