It’s something you were taught when you were a kid. And many of you most probably found brushing your teeth a tedious exercise. However, the right oral hygiene does not only give you a beautiful smile, but it also has wider reaching health benefits.
First and foremost, keeping your mouth clean lessens bacteria entering the bloodstream consequently reducing the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. An issue closer to the mouth is gum disease. Also called gingivitis it originates from a plaque buildup around the teeth that can be avoided by regular brushing and rinsing.
Eat Less Sugary Food
We all know that too much of the sweet stuff is not the best way to go. Did you know that the Inuit tribes of old located in the Arctic regions of Canada, Alaska, and Greenland were known for their excellent choppers?
Simple, there were no processed foods that could contribute to the formation of bacterial plaque in their part of the world. This group of people had a diet comprised mostly of seafood, animal fats, and occasionally berries all of which are less likely to cause tooth decay – A simple rule have is to something sweet but do not make a habit of it.
Employ the Right Dental Care Technique
Your modus operandi should be flossing (once a day), brushing 2x a day, and rinsing after you have eaten so that food rests have less of a chance of settling.
When brushing, use fluoride toothpaste with a soft-bristle in either electric or manual toothbrush variations. Work for that dazzling smile by scrubbing the brush at a forty-five-degree angle to the gumline, slowly moving side-to-side.
Oh, yeah, do not forget your tongue. Bacteria loves that part of the mouth. Give it a good rub with a specialized scraper for extra-special thoroughness.
You Might Not Like Him or Her, But Go to the Dentist Regularly
Focus on the refreshing and in some way pleasant, professional cleaning at you dental practitioner. Do this twice a year. Apart from making you feel great, it will also give the doctor the chance to check if all is well inside of your mouth.
No, this is no recommendation to join the booze cruise or become a soft drink aficionado. Water is the way to go. Not only is good hydration good for your overall health but it also rinses the mouth of anything that might have settled on your gums and teeth.
Small tip – Drink something to the tune of 64 ounces a day. Hint – your skin will benefit also.
Different and Less Known Methods
You probably are all aware of the first four points, but let’s look at some of the more unconventional but very effective dental whitening methods.
Oil pulling – this Ayurvedic tradition involves swishing oil in the mouth for about five minutes first thing in the morning. For the real enthusiasts among you, go for a ten to twenty-minute pull – it adds a therapeutic upshot.
The best ones are coconut, olive, avocado or cod-liver oils. And remember not to swallow. Instead, spit out the rinse into your bin. Doing so into the sink will clog up the pipes.
Another way to kill off the acid-promoting bad boys is to sluice with warm salt water. This alkalization procedure is a good alternative for those of you that do not like oil pulling. Add a few drops of mint to improve the taste.
In conclusion, you are now prepared for optimal mouth cleanness. Not only will you have a better smile but it will also improve your breath. Keep these five hacks in mind; you will not regret it.