For us to survive our bodies needs nutrients to sustain and maintain the proper functions of our organs. The nutrients that our bodies require are found in our daily water and food intake. With that in mind, the food we consume daily, should be digested properly. And for our bodies to fully digest different kinds of food normally, we eat through our mouths and use our teeth.
With the daily use of our teeth comes the responsibility of taking care of it. Oftentimes, our teeth are taken from granted. Admit it or not, we tend to overlook the proper way to clean and care for it not until something wrong happens. Dentists say that beside from our daily routine of brushing our teeth, we should visit the dentist regularly or at least every 6 months. By visiting your dentist, you can have the regular cleaning session as well as a check up to see how your teeth and gums are doing and if ever there are signs of an infection, early treatment can be given. Unfortunately, not everyone follows the requirement. The most often circumstance that a person visits a dentist is when a tooth hurts. Before anything bad happens to our teeth, we should always remember that proper care is necessary to maintain healthy teeth, gums and to avoid bad breath.
Below are some tips on how you can care for your teeth:
- Brush your teeth regularly. If possible, after every meal, if not twice a day. This is to prevent any build up of acid from the breakdown of food by bacteria. Another option is to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash in case proper toothbrushing is not accessible.
To properly brush your teeth, use the back and forth and up and down motion. Do not push to hard to avoid gum bleeding and remember to also brush the surface of your tongue. Proper brushing usually takes up to two minutes.
- Use dental floss to further eliminate food particles. There are some cases that a person cannot floss due to sensitive gums; you may consult your dentist on this. For those with normal gums, flossing is essential. By flossing, food particles that were not removed through brushing can be eliminated to avoid any bacteria build up or cavities. Flossing is recommended at least once a day.
- Choose and limit some food items. The culprits include sodas, coffee, alcohol and sugar. While these beverages contain phosphorous (a mineral for a healthy mouth), too much consumption can lower the level of calcium in our bodies which can cause dental problems including tooth decay. Also, some beverages contain additives that can discolor our teeth.
- Drink your milk and other healthy foods. Milk, orange juice, yogurt, broccoli and cheese contain calcium for our teeth and bones. Consuming plenty of calcium rich foods can help make our teeth healthy.
- Change your toothbrush regularly. This is both for the proper cleaning of you teeth and for hygienic reasons.
What are you waiting for? Pick up that toothbrush, use that floss and rinse with your mouthwash. Happy brushing!