10 Easy Oral Health Tips
You know the basics, but you’d like to learn a few more tips and tricks that will keep your mouth and teeth healthy. We’re here to share, so we’ll choose ten oral health tips that a great many people don’t know about. Will we surprise you? We’ll certainly try!
Don’t Brush After Eating
Here’s a good start, and you’re already wondering whether there’s some mistake. But it’s perfectly true. After eating, our tooth enamel has been softened by the acids in food. Our saliva works hard to fight the acidity, but it takes a while for the pH of the mouth to be restored.
What are the practical implications? Brush BEFORE breakfast instead of after the morning meal and wait for 30 – 60 minutes after dinner before your evening toothbrushing.
Sugar Free Gum is Your Oral Health Friend
Saliva protects your teeth. It doesn’t kill tooth decay-causing bacteria, but it keeps them away from the tooth’s surface. That’s good news for you. Although you shouldn’t brush after meals, chewing sugar free gum promotes saliva production, helping your mouth to restore its natural defences quickly. It’s not a replacement for toothpaste and toothbrush, but combined with your regal oral hygiene routine, it certainly helps.
Rinse Your Mouth with Water, or Swish and Swallow After Eating Fruit
Eating fruit is wonderful for your health, but acidic fruits are bad for your tooth enamel. If you’re not sold on the sugar-free gum habit, simply wash your mouth out with water, or swish it around your teeth and swallow after enjoying acidic fruits.
Eat Cheese After Dinner
A cheese platter after a good dinner is a very civilized finishing touch: but it’s also good for your teeth. Once again, it has to do with acidity and restoring the pH balance inside your mouth. So have a slice of cheese after meals to keep your teeth healthier.
You know that a good diet keeps your body strong and healthy – well, it also helps to keep your teeth and gums in good shape. Gum disease is a serious risk to your oral health and your overall health. Your balanced diet helps your mouth to stay healthy too!
See Your Dentist if Your Gums Bleed After Brushing
You may be surprised to find that a lot of people think that gums that bleed after brushing are perfectly normal. They aren’t. You may have gum disease, and the sooner it is treated, the better it will be for you.
If you’re a smoker, you’re probably tired of hearing that you should quit. But apart from staining teeth, tobacco can cause oral cancers and increases your risk of gum disease. It’s just one more reason to try your hardest to kick the habit.
Never Try Whitening Your Teeth at Home
Many tooth whitening remedies, even tooth whitening toothpastes, will damage tooth enamel. If you’re worried about discoloured teeth, talk to your dentist. Whitening treatments don’t have to damage your teeth!
Beware of Sugar-Free Sodas – And Use a Straw
We’ve recommended that you chew sugar free gum, but we can’t say the same about sugar-free sodas. They contain strong acids that will harm your teeth if you regularly drink them. Even fruit juice can have a similar effect. You can reduce damage by drinking through a straw and keeping your drink away from your teeth.
A lot of people aren’t even aware that they grind their teeth at night. It’s often their dentist who will pick up the symptoms. It’s one more reason to maintain your schedule of dental visits, but if you wake up in the morning with a sensitive jaw and aching teeth, you might pick it up for yourself. See a dentist about a special mouthguard to protect your teeth and jaw.