There are many good practices one can do to have healthy teeth. Brushing your teeth after meals, limiting drinks with sugar content, and using a straw when possible are all good practices.
These all help prevent tooth decay by keeping the teeth free of bacteria that forms when sugary liquids are in contact with the teeth.
Another good practice is not to brush your teeth too hard. Doing so can wear down the enamel, which protects the tooth from any damage but also causes it to become more brittle over time, leaving it prone to breakage.
Having a balanced diet and practising healthy behaviours can help reduce dental problems and brighten your smile! Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a checkup.
There are many practices you can follow to ensure healthy teeth.
- Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day helps prevent tooth decay and bad breath- for at least two minutes each time. Also, ensure that you brush all areas of the teeth, including the inside surfaces of the front and back teeth and behind your back teeth.
- Brush your tongue or leave it for last when brushing your teeth.
- Use dental floss daily before brushing to remove food particles between the surfaces of teeth that are inaccessible, even when using a toothbrush to clean them. This reduces bacteria in these spaces that cause bad breath and cavities between the surfaces of adjacent teeth.
- Flossing should be done gently- not with a sawing motion.
- They use fluoride toothpaste appropriate for children once they can spit rather than having them rinse and swallow it. Fluoride is known to help teeth develop ( grow ) stronger and resist decay.
- Replacing your toothbrush or having your dentist replace your toothbrush every three months or when the bristles begin to show signs of wear that may include bristle tips that split and fray because a worn toothbrush does not clean teeth as effectively.
- Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings by a dentist at least once every six months. This helps prevent cavities, gingivitis ( inflammation of the gums ), and other conditions such as mouth sores, which could occur in people with weak immune systems, bleeding gums, or an impaired ability to fight infection.
- They are avoiding tobacco products that increase the risk of tooth decay and other dental conditions, including gum disease.
- You can get enough fluoride by drinking fluoridated water (which contains fluoride) or using fluoridated salt or toothpaste.
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks that can cause cavities because these sugars provide food for bacteria in the mouth that produce acids that attack teeth and enamel.
- Prevent stickiness on teeth by limiting the intake of sticky foods such as caramel candies, gummy bears, dried fruit, raisins, nuts, corn syrup, jelly beans and chewing gum with sugar and sugar substitutes.
- Prevent dry mouth ( xerostomia ) by drinking plenty of water and maintaining a high fluid intake throughout the day. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation because it can dehydrate.
- Chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless candy also increases saliva flow which can help prevent dry mouth. A dry mouth is linked with an increased risk for tooth decay, among other dental problems; use fluoride-containing products such as artificial saliva or gel or ask your dentist about prescription medications that stimulate saliva production.