Oral healthcare is important for a wide variety of reasons. The most prevalent being the need for proper oral hygiene to make your teeth last longer and maintain healthy gums, but also for increased levels of self-esteem. Here are five great tips you may not have known that can help you and your dental provider keep your mouth in good working order.
1. Many foods and items affect your teeth
There are many types of food that increase the health of your gums while also making your teeth stronger and more luminous. Other foods can cause yellow stains that sit below the enamel and dull the healthy shine. Some of the most common consumables that can stain your teeth are wines, black tea/coffee, and tobacco whether they are chewed or smoked. Foods that clean your teeth are crunchy, firm, or crisp. These can be vegetables and fruits such as carrots, celery, and apples. Interestingly enough, popcorn also has the ability to clean your teeth and gum line.
2. Vinegar as a natural tooth whitener
Vinegar is an acid, though safe for human consumption. Using natural apple cider vinegar as a daily mouthwash can greatly improve the health and shine of your mouth. The acid in the vinegar loosens up plaque or tartar buildup in a safe, effective and non abrasive manner. The composition of the liquid allows you to not only remove built up plaque, but also to kill cavity forming bacteria in the process. The end result is much whiter teeth at a fraction of what is would cost in a dentist office.
3. Baking soda as a natural tooth whitener
Baking soda is composed of sodium bicarbonate, which a great solution that can be used weekly to remove stains from strong foods that stain your teeth. If you replace your tooth paste with baking soda once per week, after a several days, you will see a great improvement between the color of your teeth before and after the switch. In the case where gum sensitivity is an issue the substation frequency can be reduced until there is no more interaction by the gums.
4. The less the better
Mouthwash is used to keep your breath fresh, but also to reach those hard to brush places where cavities tend to lurk. Mouthwash is a vital part of maintaining proper oral hygiene along with brushing and flossing. Commercially made over the counter brands often have a higher concentration of alcohol in the mouthwash which can lead to cotton mouth over time. When your mouth is dry and damp, the pH levels reduce and foster an easy environment for bacteria to breed. Not only will your oral health decline, but you will also find that bad breath is a constant companion.
5. Chewing gum
Chewing gum not only exercises the muscles of the mouth, it also has various health benefits. Most chewing gum contains Xylitol. This chemical compound also naturally occurs in certain fruits such as strawberries. Scientific studies have shown that it helps to combat tooth decay. Furthermore, when you chew gum, you produce more saliva, which makes conditions inhabitable for bacteria.