Sometimes taking care of our oral health becomes something so routine that it is not done in the best way. To avoid cavities or other diseases of the mouth, pay attention to these 10 simple tips that will help you to maintain an effective oral hygiene.
Prevention is better than cure
Maintaining good dental and oral hygiene is the best way to prevent the onset of problems and diseases (and the most profitable in the long term, both for your health and your pocket).
Minimum twice a day
Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) but if at midday you forget or can not do it, it is important that you keep your mouth clean at night every day.
Do not forget to clean the interdental spaces also daily (with dental floss or with a brush that reaches them), since most of the problems suffered by the gums start right in those areas. And it reinforces this cleaning using a mouthwash with antiseptic effect.
Abandon the cigarette
Tobacco, besides destroying your breath and the color of your teeth, increases your oral problems, can cause premature tooth loss and increases the risk of suffering oral cancer.
Do not abuse sweets
They damage your teeth (including soda with cola) and increase the risk of caries proliferating in your mouth.
Drink water frequently
In addition to keeping your mouth hydrated, if you drink frequently, the water has a washing effect that helps keep your mouth clean and fresh. Of course, it should never replace brushing.
Beware of energy drinks
They contain acids that erode tooth enamel. Control their quantity and, when you consume them, do not brush them off just drink them or you will aggravate the loss of minerals. Better, rinse with a liquid containing fluoride or wait 20 minutes before using the brush.
Control stress and anxiety
When you live very stressed and you fall in peaks of anxiety, the defenses of your body weaken and this also affects your mouth. With fewer defenses, more proliferation of bacteria and more possibility of an increase of cavities.
Do not skip the visit to the dentist
At least once a year, you must go to check the state of your mouth. Also, did you know that your dentist can help you detect other diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular problems early?
Assess your health status
If you want to whiten your teeth, the specialist must first assess your state of health: whitening can affect the sensitivity of teeth and gums.