It is as important to maintain great oral health as it is to maintain your overall health. People often have health issues that are secretly linked to their oral health without knowing it. Everyone wants a nice bright white pearly smile, it is important to understand it takes a lot of care to maintain a healthy one.
1. Brush Your Teeth Multiple Times Daily
Brushing your teeth is the most important action that you can do to maintain a great oral health. Keeping your teeth clean especially before you go to bed, is necessary because it’s the prime time where your mouth holds the most germs. When you brush your teeth before bed, it will eliminate the possibility of plaque build up while you are asleep. This will keep your teeth clean and refreshed while you are sleeping, and waking up to no extra built up plaque for great oral health.
2. Don’t Forget To Floss
Brushing your teeth is great for removing the grime from the surface of your pearly whites, but flossing goes in between the teeth and gums. If you want to maintain great oral health and remove the risk of gum disease, then you should incorporate flossing into your daily dental hygiene routine. The American Dental Association recommends flossing your teeth once a day because it will help prevent cavities and gum disease. Flossing removes all of the buildup that brushing does not, so it extremely important to floss extra especially before bed.
3. Maintain Your Dentist Check-Ups
Going to your dentist every 6 months is important for maintaining great oral health. When you visit your dentist it allows you to keep track of any dental issues. During your dental exam, your dental professional will examine your gums, teeth and any other oral concerns. This is followed up by a deep teeth cleaning. Your dentist will then come up with a plan to correct any possible oral health issues. Typically, you will be encouraged to return in 6 months to discuss your progress and to have a general maintenance exam.
4. Take Your Vitamins
Calcium and Vitamin C are crucial vitamins to take in maintaining great oral health. Teeth are composed of calcium, and calcium is consumed mainly to keep your bones healthy. If you do not consume enough calcium in your daily diet, you may run the risk of developing a bone deficiency, gum disease, and/or tooth decay. Vitamin C not only helps your immune system stay strong but it also protects your teeth.
5. Drink Green Tea
Green tea has many beneficial compounds that improve the overall health of your body by lowering the chances of developing cancer. The great benefits that this drink has on your teeth is that it kills bacteria that may develop in the mouth and it also lowers the risks of any possible infection in your mouth. Another added benefit to drinking green tea is that it lowers the risk of bad breath.
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