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How to keep the Dentist Away

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 12, 2013
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Food that goes into your mouth could be dangerous for your teeth, taking care of it is important as much as it is to take care of the rest of your body.  

Boy using dental flossWhile just brushing and flossing may seem enough for your tooth, a healthy diet awaits to grace your mouth too. It is important of you want to protect your tooth from decaying and keeping your gums healthy. Find out how you can stay away from a dentist and flaunt a beautiful smile without worries.

Why to Worry?

Your teeth have a coat of sticky bacterial film called plaque which is caused by tooth decay and gum disease. If this plaque is not brushed away then these bacteria would break down the sugars and starches in foods that you eat in order to produce acids that wear away the tooth enamel. Also additionally the plaque hardens into tartar that then leads to gum inflammation or gingivitis. You really do not want your mouth to be harbouring such diseases. Look out for bleeding gums every time you brush your teeth, as this could mean trouble. During such occasions a visit to the dentist is very important, but we want to help you stay out of trouble.

Tips for Healthy Teeth
 
Brushing

This is the usual, but do you do it the right way? You are expected to brush thoroughly at least twice everyday and for two minutes each. Your teeth is delicate do not go cleaning them like you are cleaning the toilet floor. Make sure you brush all sides of your teeth and clean your tongue as well. Complete your morning ritual of brushing like you always do and also brush at night before hitting the bed. If possible then brush your teeth after lunch also.

Now remember that each tooth has five sides, and your brush only cover three of those five sides, and therefore the other two could be very much the hideout for diseases. Try to reach them or you should go for dental floss. Also you must bear in mind that gum diseases could be related to illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and premature low birth weight babies.

Flossing

Not something that we usually do, but never the less it is very important. Flossing will help to remove all those tiny food particles that are stuck in the corners of your tooth, yes the sides that your brush has no way to reach!

Scrapping

Learn to scrape your tongue as it is an important for oral hygiene that will be good for your mouth, and will keep you away from bad breathes. Get a tongue scrapper or simply use your tooth brush to do this work for you, it will keep you breathe fresh and will also slow down the accumulation of plaque in your teeth.

Mouth Washing

Sorry to say but the above steps aren’t really enough, because you can never to too sure! Use Fluoride mouthwashes as this will help to strengthen the tooth enamel. Do not ever swallow this though, as it not fit for your body. The right time to use a mouth wash is right before you go to bed.

In addition to all the above you should be eating a healthy diet that is full of minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients for happy and healthy gums and teeth. You will find fluoride to be naturally occurring in foods and water and so drink a lot of water! It can reduce your cavities by as much as 60 percent. Avoid sugary and sticky foods, and snacking constantly.

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