According to the World Health Organization, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults worldwide have dental cavities. In addition, globally about 30% of people aged 65–74 have no natural teeth, which calls for some serious measures. Taking care of your oral hygiene is vital for your oral and overall health, so it’s imperative that you try your best to stick to healthy living habits, brush and floss regularly, but also do much more to maintain healthy teeth.
Brush and floss regularly
Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is vital for good oral health. Make sure you always brush your teeth before bed, using a proper brushing technique, to prevent acids eating through the enamel of your teeth. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, and brush with small back and forth and up and down strokes. Don’t press too hard, or you’ll cause gum erosion and bleeding. Use dental floss as well, to clean the parts of the teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.
Take care of your toothbrush
Taking care of your toothbrush is also essential for your teeth health. Make sure you rinse it well after brushing and store it out in the open, putting it in an upright position to let the airflow around the bristles dry the brush. Moist environments are suitable for microorganisms to grow on your toothbrush, so to avoid any infections, always keep your toothbrush dry and clean, and replace it with a new one every three to four months.
Opt for new dental techniques
If you didn’t take care of your teeth properly and you’re feeling a lot of discomfort, or your teeth are falling out, it means you need a dental procedure that will restore your previously gorgeous smile. In the sea of innovative procedures, we recommend you opt for All-On-4 dental implants because this is the new and improved alternative to traditional dentures. The new arch of the teeth will be placed on just four dental implants, providing you with durable and hard-wearing implants. They’ll feel and look natural, and you won’t even know the difference between the all-on-4 implants and your natural teeth.
Choose your foods and beverages wisely
Sugary beverages and foods rich in refined sugars can wreak havoc on your teeth, because sugar converts into acid in your mouth, which eventually causes cavities and can erode the enamel of your teeth. Eat plenty of whole foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains, instead of sweets. To get all the nutrients your body needs, eat dairy products in abundance, as well as omega-3 fatty acids to lower the risk of gum disease. Avoid sticky candies and carbonated drinks because sticky products linger on teeth surfaces and carbonated beverages increase acidity in your mouth.
Regular dental check-ups are essential
Going to the dentists when you’re already experiencing pain or discomfort means that you didn’t make regular appointments in the past. It’s vital that you have a dental check-up every six months, because your dentist will remove any plaque build-up and look for signs of decay, so you can prevent more serious problems. A regular check-up will also help you discover early signs of oral cancer, help you with bruxism i.e. teeth grinding, or any signs of gum disease.
Good oral hygiene will help you maintain healthy teeth and a gorgeous smile. Therefore, make sure you keep your mouth clean, brush and floss regularly, take good care of your toothbrush, eat smart, and make regular appointments at the dentist’s. In case you’re already losing your teeth, with new dental techniques you’ll get your old smile back and eat without any discomfort. However, try your best to develop healthy lifestyle habits, to keep your teeth healthy for a long time.