If you want to avoid looking like a hilarious internet meme (celebrities without teeth), then practice good oral health care. Healthy gums and a nice set of teeth, is not only attractive but it also has practical benefits.
Teeth provide support and structure to the facial muscles, and together with the tongue and lips; also allow us to form sounds and are indispensable in speech. Teeth are also indispensable as they serve as the entry point of our digestive system.
While our senses excite the brain through taste and flavours, teeth break and crush the food into manageable pieces and with the help of saliva, soften it for manageability. Thus, without teeth, the intake of nutrients can become problematic.
Neglecting oral hygiene can cause teeth to decay and cause gum infection. Also, according to the Mayo Clinic, a respected non-profit medical and health research organization in the US, poor oral hygiene can cause bad bacteria in your mouth to multiply and this may eventually spread and infect other parts of your system.
So how do you take care of your teeth and gums?
First, as what we’ve learned in school or any episode of Sesame Street, it is important to brush regularly. Remember to not rush brushing your teeth and to hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle. Brushing your teeth scrubs leftover food and minimizes the growth of bad bacteria.
Toothpaste helps in clearing plaque and removing stains. Alternatively, you can also try cleaning your teeth with baking soda. Throw away toothbrushes that are 3 to 4 months old as bacteria can also build up in the bristles. Likewise, get into the habit of scraping/brushing your tongue. Bacteria can build up in the tongue and lead to bad breath and an unhealthy growth of bacteria.
Second, learn how to floss. There are areas in the teeth that simple brushing will not suffice. With a sufficient length, hold the floss firmly with your thumb and index fingers. Give each tooth ample attention and try to get in between the teeth (but don’t force it), removing the grime in between teeth is important as the leftover food can turn into plaque overtime and may lead to tartar build-up and cause gum disease.
Third, gargle with apple cider vinegar. Believe it or not, gargling with apple cider vinegar as soon as you wake up, helps in keeping your breath fresh and your pearly white - stain free.
Fourth, keep a balanced diet. Apples are said to be nature’s toothbrushes. Munching on apples and other firm, crunchy, and crispy vegetables and fruits help keep teeth healthy and clean. Additionally, avoid snacking on starching and sugary foods such as candy, potato chips, crackers, and dried fruits.
Finally, visit your dentist. A trip to the dentist twice a year will help you keep track of your overall oral health. Check-ups are necessary to avoid or curb problems. When symptoms such as continuing bad breath, red, swollen, and bleeding gums do appear; don’t hesitate to call your friendly dentist and set-up an appointment.
As you can see, keeping your teeth and gums healthy is easy. Trust us when we say that the benefits will last for a lifetime.