Brushing your teeth has likely become so second nature you probably barely think about it. It’s just part of your daily routine and it definitely should be. Our oral hygiene affects our overall health – brushing helps to prevent cavities and gum disease. Plus, different studies have confirmed that people with good teeth are perceived to be smarter, more successful and have a better personality.
Unfortunately about one-third of Australian’s have tooth decay and admit to only brushing once a day. But how can we change this number? We have all been brushing our teeth for 60 years or more so what else can we do for good oral hygiene?
Here are a few other suggestions from dentists to help you brush up on your toothbrushing skills. They’re easy-to-follow tips that you might not of thought of yet.
1. Brush twice a day for two minutes
The step is to make it routine to brush twice a day for at least two minutes. Gently brush, in a circular motion reaching all teeth. And some dentists suggest that instead of rinsing with water, just spit out what’s in your mouth so the leftover fluoride remains longer in your mouth.
2. Brush your teeth before eating
Apparently cleaning your teeth before you eat (within the hour before) can help brush off the plaque. Then after eating have a glass of water or a mint to restore your dental pH levels.
3. Eat teeth-building nutrients
It’s a rare topic to discuss but the role of fat soluble vitamins are essential to our oral health. These vitamins include Vitamin D and K2 as they are important for calcium absorption and strong teeth. For instance, try adding eggs, salmon or take a supplement to get the necessary nutrients.
4. Reconsider your diet
Sugar is not the only enemy to your tooth health. For instance, refined carbohydrates such as flour-based bread, cereals and pastas can also be harmful to your teeth. You will still need to control your sweet-tooth habits!
5. Take probiotics for your mouth
Our mouth is a complex space that involves a lot of maintenance. Many times the dental diseases we contract result because of our diet. Therefore foods that contain ‘live active cultures’ can protect the good bacteria in our mouth. Try to add foods like kimchi, natural yoghurt or other fermented foods.
Tell us, do you think you have good oral hygiene? Do you struggle with your teeth? Do you have any other suggestions?