How important it is to take care of your teeth is something you have been told most of your life, practically from the time you were first able to hold a toothbrush. Your dentist has probably admonished you at least once. While the constant reminders can be annoying, it is also true. It is incredibly important that you take good care of your teeth. Without healthy teeth, it will be more difficult for the rest of your body to stay healthy. It is not an exaggeration to say that proper teeth care can literally save your life. The following are a few ideas on how to improve your oral health.
To really benefit from brushing your teeth, you have to know how to do it. You have to do more than quickly run the brush over your teeth a couple of times. You should brush at least once in the morning and before bed, and for a duration of at least a couple of minutes each time. Your mouth can be divided into four sections -upper left, upper right, etc. and you should scrub each area for a minimum of thirty seconds.
Until you’re used to brushing for this length of time, it’s a good idea to time yourself. This will help you see how much time is left and keep you from quitting early.
Some foods including the darker liquids such as soda, coffee and tea can cause staining. High sugar content in foods can also cause discoloration. Some people have even accidentally stained their teeth with fruit based juices. Like soda, the discoloration comes from artificially adding color to the beverage. Coffee and tea stains, you will find, are easier to remove than those caused by artificial coloring. Drinking water because it is a clear liquid is a better idea. Remember too that water is healthier than any other drink you might have.
Calcium needs to be consumed in large quantities. The majority of people are able to do this by large milk consumption, but calcium can be found in other sources. Filled with calcium, leafy green vegetables are good for you to eat also. If you have a hard time finding calcium rich foods you can eat, however, taking a Tums a couple of times a day can help a lot. Discuss this with your physician before you begin this routine. A doctor will share with you that a Tums tablet is not just for digestion issues: they are good sources of calcium as well, and to keep your teeth strong for as long as they can be, they require calcium.
In the past dentists believed that if the enamel on your teeth had worn away, that there wasn’t anything they could be do to replace it. Now, however, there are toothpastes you can use that help build up the enamel on your teeth so that you can replace what you’ve lost and make your teeth stronger than ever. It is a good idea to brush with these pastes every once in a while to give your mouth the added boost it needs. If your teeth are particularly susceptible to decay then you should brush with these pastes every day-maybe even during both brushings if your dentist says so. You are probably amazed at how much basic common sense is involved in proper oral hygiene. Good teeth care doesn’t have to involve lots of expensive dental treatments or cosmetic enhancements. For the most part all that is required is to live a healthy life and keep your mouth clean and fresh. Basic brushing, flossing and a healthy diet are often all you need. Sometimes though, hints like these can help you step up your game and gain even more protection.