Proper Oral Health Tips
Below are some tips that can boost your oral health and the overall health of your body.
- Brush your Mouth – Notice it says mouth and not just teeth. Many people seem to focus on their teeth and not their mouth. Brushing should be at a 45 degree angle and the bristles should come in contact with the teeth and the gums. The motion should be back and forth and up and down. The outside and inside surfaces should be brushed and the tongue and roof of the mouth should also be brushed. This will keep bacteria to be removed and prevent bad breath issues. Brushing should occur at least twice a day.
- Floss – Along with brushing comes flossing. Floss can get between the teeth and get rid of food and substances that can cause decay and bad breath. Flossing should occur at least once a day.
- Eat Teeth-Friendly Foods – There are many foods that are bad for your teeth, like extra sugary and sticky foods, tea, soda, coffee, and even high acidity foods. Luckily, there are great foods for your teeth like nuts, fruits, cheeses, chicken, and vegetables. Also, if you smoke cigarettes or dip, realize this is very unhealthy for your teeth and gums and your overall health. It also stains your teeth and can lead to oral cancer.
- Healthy Products – Radius organic coconut oil toothpaste is void of any harmful chemicals. Coconut oil is an age-old remedy known as oil pulling that detoxifies teeth and gums to provide health. There is ginger and citrus in this blend that can help with whitening. It is safe and effective and can provide wonderful results for your oral health. Radius also has a vegan mint floss that is coated with candelilla wax and is round and gentle to prevent gum bleeding. It helps to remove food particles and bacteria. Desert Essence has a tea tree oil mouthwash that is all natural and can help to remove bacteria and prevent gingivitis. It is made with aloe leaf juice, natural spearmint, tea tree oil, and witch hazel.
- Dental Visits – Make sure to have regular dental visits where professional teeth cleaning takes place. If there are dental problems, catching them quickly can help improve the chances of keeping healthy teeth. Use your dental visit as a reminder to change your toothbrush. Over time the bristles will wear out or the brush may become filled with bacteria. It is recommended to change your toothbrush every three to four months.
- No Snacking Late – Once you brush your teeth, it is imperative that you discontinue eating. Many of us will brush our teeth at night and then have a late midnight snack after we have already brushed. If this is something you are prone to, then consider brushing your teeth after your late night snack moments.