5 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH HEALTHY BETWEEN MEALS

We know how hectic life could be in between your daily routine which involves sports, job, college, work and our health takes a back seat, more so oral health. But it is important to spend time in oral hygiene as finally oral diseases or bad breath or bleeding gums can be a nightmare to deal with when the time comes.

1. Snack Sensibly

Start with baby steps. Keep a balanced diet & Snack sensibly! Constantly snacking throughout the day causes tooth degradation and contributes majorly towards producing 60% more acid in our mouth which eventually paves the way for tooth decay and cavities. Opting for tooth friendly snacks like seeds, carrots, broccoli, fruits and nuts, high fiber foods, dairy products rich in nutrients helps obstruct plaque build-up in our mouth.

2. Protect Your Teeth From Sugar Bath

Let’s be honest with ourselves, we all have an eternal love for chocolates, candies or sweets and that’s why we can never refuse to have them. If you are a sugar lover you should know that food with high sugar content are the sweet poison which worsens your oral health. The bacteria contained in plaque feeds on the sugar in foods creating acids which can last for up to half an hour destroying your tooth enamel over time. Learn how to reduce sugar from your diet to cut down on sugar intake

3. Brushing and Flossing is Mandatory

Now this one is pretty obvious. If you do choose to snack between meals make sure you brush and floss your teeth immediately after you eat to keep acids aside. Of course we understand that not everyone has time to drop in the bathroom repeatedly to brush and floss after every meal. But you can vigorously rinse your mouth with water a few times after every meal or a quick tip is to brush without a toothpaste. Always carry a travel toothbrush because even without toothpaste, it will remove plaque and bacteria to much extent.

4. Checking Oral Health is Teeth’s Wealth

One of the most essential tip to stick to healthy teeth and gums is to ensure regular trips to your dental practitioner which is actually an oral cancer check where your mouth is surveyed for early signs of Oral Cancer. Regular dental check-ups makes you acquainted about various other tooth problems which you are not even aware of unless you have an obvious pain. So regular visit to your dentist should be at the top in your yearly to do list.

5. Make Sugarless Gums your Best Friend

This is the most easy and enjoyable way to take care of your teeth without investing any time or efforts. Chewing increases saliva flow in your mouth which washes away food particles and promotes remineralization helping teeth to recover from any damage incurred while eating. Just a piece of sugar free gum in your mouth for 20 minutes after snack or meal can do wonders to your oral health.

So make sure you take care of your teeth not only during day and night but throughout the day which will definitely give you a sparkling smile.

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8 Quick & Easy Oral Care Tips

Did you know 90% of life threatening diseases have some oral symptoms? It’s true what they say, “healthy mouth, healthy you”. Taking good care of teeth & gums does much more than ensure a brilliant smile – good oral hygiene has direct impact on your overall health. Not only does it immensely improves your self-confidence but also lowers risk of heart diseases, preserves memory and keeps blood sugar stable.

So it’s never too late to start cultivating good oral care habits in you. And better yet, set an example for your kids in taking care of their teeth and gums starting today. Believe it or not, this will help your child’s development in the long run.

Here are eight quick and easy tips to take care of your pearly whites and improve your health:

1. Soak up the sun:

Vitamin D, besides having other health benefits like accelerating the cell growth, improving the immune system, preventing depression & anxiety, it is essential for absorption of calcium, which is what basically our teeth are made of.  The easiest way to get Vitamin D is to just soak in the sun. Sun rays are your prime source of Vitamin D. So the next time you think about ditching the sun by coating yourself with layers of sunscreen, you might want to think again!

2. Say cheese:

Good news for all the cheese lovers! You have another reason to dig into all the cheesy delights. Eating cheese and other dairy products might help protect your teeth from cavities. According to study published in General Dentistry eating cheese may prevent cavities. Cheese and other dairy products increase the ph level of your mouth. The higher the ph level, the lower the chances of developing cavities. That’s not all; various compounds found in cheese strengthen the enamel and further protect them from acids. So say cheese and show off those pearly whites!

3. Vitamin “C” – The invisible tooth brush:

The miracle that is Vitamin “C” is mostly associated with gum health. But did you know, consuming copious amounts of vitamin C rich food or supplements not only does wonders in strengthening gums but also effectively removes plaque? A research cited in Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine looked at the connection between brushing frequency, vitamin C intake and plaque build-up. It revealed that individuals who brushed only once a day but had good levels of vitamin C, had lesser plaque than those brushing twice or more daily but with lower vitamin C levels.

4. Munch on the crunch

Want to ditch the dentist and get an all-natural and healthy dental clean up? Curb the carbs from the greasy junk food and munch on the fresh, raw veggies and fruits. Hard, crunchy foods like carrots, lettuce, celery and apples can clean your teeth naturally besides being loaded with vitamins that help in developing overall health.

5. No candy crush

‘Stay away from sweets & candies to prevent cavities,’ is a general rule when it comes to maintaining good dental health,especially in kids. But it’s hard to stay away from all the sugary treats when you have a sweet tooth, isn’t it? What to do in such a situation? It is important to know which sweets you can eat and which to completely avoid. For example: chocolates, specifically dark chocolates are actually good for teeth so go ahead and enjoy them. But hard candies (particularly the sticky kind), in addition to being loaded with sugar which is the prime reason for tooth decay, can also lead to broken or chipped tooth. Better alternative? Chew on the sugar-free gums or sweets.

6. Saliva matters

Talk about saliva and spit and most would go “yuck” even thinking about it. Saliva might not be the most appealing subject to some but it plays a major role in maintaining oral health, by regulating bacterial growth and growth of plaque in your mouth. It is essential to maintain the level of saliva in your mouth produces. Tart and sour foods like lime, lemons, cherries, cranberries, kiwi, promotes the production of saliva and increases the ph level of your mouth.

7. Bathroom rules – Brush, floss & Rinse

Brush, floss & rinse! For good oral health all you need to do is follow these simple rules daily:

  • Brush twice a day – every day
  • Floss at least once.
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash or at least water after every meal.

An added benefit is that it could even help you lose weight if you brush & floss after dinner, by discouraging bedtime snacking.

8. Don’t keep the dentist away.

See your dentist at least once every six months. Your teeth might not look dirty on the surface but bacteria and plaque lurks in nooks and crannies of your mouth, that even flossing can’t remove effectively. Make a point to visit your dentist to ensure that your teeth and gums are in pristine condition and avoid negative development of oral health.

Bottom line, simply brushing and flossing teeth is not enough.Follow these simple tips and be sure to maintain a healthy diet low on sugar and processed food to get the best oral care for you and your loved ones and maintain that pearly white, healthy smile.