Wednesday, May 3, 2017

3 of the Best Ways to Improve Your Dental Hygiene

Taking care of your dental health is more important that I ever realized. I started doing research on why I have migraines often and surprisingly so many potential health ailments are related to dental hygiene. While I brush regularly with an electric toothbrush, I am not one to floss which is something my dentist constantly talks to me about when I go for regular check-ups. Because I learned so much recently about dental health, I thought it would be worthwhile to share some information here. 
Having a set of shiny, white teeth is just one of the many benefits of good dental hygiene. Many mouth diseases are associated with poor hygiene, and when left untreated, leads to various health problems that affect the whole body. So while bad breath and unsightly yellowish teeth are the motivations of many to make sure their teeth are taken care of well, there a lot more health reasons to do so. Keeping a healthy routine for your dental hygiene is beneficial in the long run and may save you more money and problems in the future.
While there are many known ways to take care of your teeth like brushing, flossing and using mouthwash, these may sometimes not be enough. If you really want to protect your dental assets, you need to go the extra mile to ensure they receive the best possible care. Often overlooked, some simple modifications in dental hygiene and lifestyle can make all the difference. Here are three easy to follow ways to improve your dental hygiene.

1.    Use the Right Dental Cleaning Tools and Products
Brushing twice or thrice a day may suffice, but brushing with the right kind of toothbrush makes a big difference. Use a toothbrush that has bristles smooth enough to spare your gums from damage. Remember, healthy gums mean healthy teeth. Your toothpaste must also be gentle to your oral features so be sure to use those that contain enough amounts of fluoride with no unnecessary ingredients. For dental floss, use ones that are good enough to remove unnecessary things from in between teeth but not too thin or too thick. Get a recommendation from your dentist. The same is true in choosing a mouthwash. Use the ones that do not contain substances that may cause damage to your teeth due to prolonged exposure.
Choose products that have the approval of reputable dental associations and ones that are highly recommended by your dentist. These people know better when it comes to oral hygiene.

2.    Eat Right, Less Sugar
The health of your teeth does not only depend on what you use to clean them but mainly on what you put in your mouth and feed your body.  A balanced diet is as good to your dental features as it is to your body. Eat food that is rich in calcium and protein and that promote general overall health. Fruits and vegetables are beneficial, especially ones that are fibrous since they incite healthy production of saliva and aid in the digestion process that reduces food retention in your mouth. Avoid sugary snacks and beverages as they are well-known to damage the teeth as much as they are bad for your body.

3.    Regularly visit your dentist
This old advice is often ignored by many. The dental office should not only be visited when you are suffering from a toothache or when you have decided to go for a new dental surgery of some sort. A regular visit to the dentist will help prevent tooth damage, as early signs can be easily detected and treated. Lastly, your dentist will provide you with important tips on how to take care of your teeth.

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