Developing Good Oral Habits
Along with genetic factors, your oral health heavily depends on your lifestyle and daily habits. Ignoring simple rules of oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental problems in the future such as tooth decay, gum disease, infection, bone loss, etc. Below we provide you with some tips to help you prevent dental complications and maintain your oral and overall health.
Nutrition: You Are What You EatThe products you choose and how often you eat them affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums. If you eat many sugar-containing foods and beverages or non-nutritious snacks, you are susceptible to tooth decay. The most usual sources of sugar in the diet include soft drinks, candies, cookies and pastries. When plaque contacts with sugar in the mouth, this makes acidic agents attack your teeth, resulting in tooth decay. If your diet is poor in some nutrients, this may have a bad impact on your tissues, making them difficult to regenerate and resist infections. Studies proved that teeth and gum diseases progress faster in patients with poor nutrition.
What Foods to Avoid:
- Sugar-containing Foods
- Acidic Foods
- Sticky Foods
- Low Nutrients Foods
- Oversized Food
- Hard Foods
- Alcohol and Staining Beverages
What Foods to Choose?While some foods are bad for your teeth, do you know that others are good for them? Learn what diet is best to maintain your healthy smile:
The Benefits of CalciumCalcium helps build strong teeth and bones as well as prevent dental diseases. A calcium-rich diet reduces the risk of tooth decay development, while a low-calcium diet makes your body consume it from teeth and bones. Foods that contain calcium help protect tooth enamel. It is recommendable to consume more of the following calcium- and phosphorous-rich products on a daily basis:
- Almonds and brazil nuts
- Pumpkin seeds
- Red meat
Food Rich in Vitamin CA sufficient consumption of vitamin C prevents gum diseases, as it helps body repair tissue and struggle against infection. A daily diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a powerful means of dental defense. It is not only because of vitamins. When you crunch and chew vegetables or fruits, you help wipe bacteria off your teeth. Without enough vitamin C in your diet, your gums become more sensitive and susceptible to bacteria and potential periodontal diseases. The following foods are rich in vitamin C:
- Bell pepper
- Lemons and oranges
Foods Rich in Vitamin DVitamin D is very important for proper functioning of your body, including healthy teeth. The main reason is because it helps absorb calcium. Best sources of vitamin D are:
- Vitamin D tablets or liquids (especially in children under 3 years)
- Egg yolk
- Cod liver oil
Foods that Help Clean Your MouthSome hard crunchy foods can be useful for your mouth. The process of chewing produces saliva which serves as a natural neutralizer of bacteria. These foods provide a gentle scrubbing and help remove plaque and food particles. Best foods choices include:
- Raw spinach
- Other leafy greens
Oral Hygiene: Better Is the Enemy of GoodThe main aim of regular home dental care is to struggle against the plaque and debris accumulation around your teeth and gums. A full set of dental tools is available in any drugstore to help you clean your teeth at home: toothbrushes, inter-dental cleaners, waxed and unwaxed floss, irrigators and mouth rinses. They are not costly, and, for sure, they are much cheaper than unexpected visits to your dentist. Depending on your situation and your dentist’s advice, choose proper tools to include in your daily cleaning routine. Pay attention to the ADA (American Dental Association) seal when purchase dental products of any kind.
Simple Rules of Daily Oral Hygiene:
- Dental health begins with clean teeth. Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day – in the morning and in the evening during 2-3 minutes, spending an equal amount of time in each part of your mouth. Don’t rush: take time to clean your mouth thoroughly, brush all surfaces of your teeth and a tongue. Using a combination of a soft-bristled toothbrush and electric toothbrush helps remove more plaque.
- Between the meals or after drinking colored beverages, rinse your mouth with warm water or a mouthwash, use a sugar-free gum.
- Flossing is advised at least once a day or after each meal, especially after meat or corn. Be gentle and follow the curves of your teeth to avoid damaging your gums. If you find it difficult to handle floss in some areas, keep it up by using a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser or a water flosser.
- Never use your teeth as tools in order to open a plastic package or uncap a bottle. These actions can chip your teeth. Keep necessary tools such as scissors or bottle-opener handy for the dirty work.
Overcaring Your TeethWhile brushing your teeth on a regular basis is very important, you can brush so much that you harm yourself. Overbrushing may result in sensitive teeth and receding gums. Here are the most common situations to avoid:
- Brushing Too Hard
- Brushing Too Much
- Brushing Right after You Eat Acid Foods