Do you keep your teeth healthy? Your teeth are made to last a lifetime if you take care of them. Plus, having good teeth is as big of a part of health as it is of looks. Seeing someone with bad teeth can ruin your entire perception of them, regardless of the rest of their looks. But more importantly, teeth are a vital part of your overall health.
They are the first step in processing food and we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the things we do if our teeth weren’t strong enough. Another crucial thing to keep in mind is that your teeth are literally in your head, and if you get an infection, there is a chance that it will spread onto another part of your head, potentially even your brain. So what are the ways we can keep our teeth healthy and strong throughout our lives?
Brush, Brush, Then Brush Some More
The first and most important step to keeping your teeth healthy is to brush them regularly and properly. If you only go over your teeth once with a brush and call it a day – you’re not truly brushing them. Teeth brushing should last for about three to five minutes, during which time you should scrub, in circular motions, all of your teeth, from all three sides you can reach.
Look for a toothbrush that is soft and has plenty of thin bristles. The softness of it will ensure you are not irritating your gums – or worse, making them bleed. And the thin bristles are crucial for thorough cleaning because you want something that can get into the small crevices between and around the teeth to get all the bits of food stuck there.
Those food pieces are very small, and if they get stuck, they won’t be rinsed with just water. Over time, those bits of food will become a home for bacteria that will ruin your teeth if not taken care of.
And finally, you should always use a fluoride toothpaste to keep your teeth strong and prevent cavities. Brush your teeth at least twice per day, when you wake up and before you go to sleep, and don’t forget to also brush the sides of your cheeks, your palate, and your tongue.
Visit Your Dentist
Even if you have a perfect oral hygiene routine, you still aren’t immune to cavities and different diseases that can attack your gums or other parts of your mouth. You shouldn’t visit your dentist only when you have a toothache or notice something wrong: regular check-ups are key to catching cavities while they are still small and relatively easy to fix.
I’ve been visiting my local Bondi dentist every three to four months for years, and it’s been key for the protection and health of my teeth and mouth in general. And besides making sure your teeth are healthy, they can also make them look amazing.
Anything from whitening to getting fitted with porcelain veneers is possible and will make your smile really stand out. That perfect, Hollywood smile isn’t always possible naturally because genetics play a part in how our teeth will look, but it’s something that can be easily altered and made just the way you want it.
Have a Good Diet
Teeth play such a unique role in our diet because they are the things that allow us to enjoy our food, but their health also depends on the food we eat. Firstly, let’s get one thing out of the way: chewing on non-food items is bad for your teeth. Habits like nail or pen biting weaken your teeth and can lead to teeth erosion and even broken teeth. But what about the food? As you’ve been taught from a young age, the most important nutrient for good teeth is calcium. The easiest way to get your dose is from milk and other dairy products.
You want to eat as much fresh, crunchy food as possible, like fruit and vegetables, to work out your jaw. I like to visit a market in Sydney and see what looks best that day, so it doesn’t get boring. Eating mushy foods for too long can slow down the development of jaws in babies and can have a similar effect in adults who only eat mushy or liquid foods.
You probably know that you should avoid foods high in sugar, but in case you forgot, here’s a reminder: sugar is converted into acids in our mouths, and it leads to erosion of the enamel of your teeth, leading to cavities. The same will happen with excessive amounts of coffee, tea and acidic fruits.
What we drink is as important for our teeth as what we eat. Firstly, you need to drink plenty of water. Not only is it essential for our overall health, but drinking water with and after every meal will rinse off some of the bits of food that are left stuck in between teeth.
As for what you shouldn’t drink, we’ve already mentioned coffee and tea, but the real culprit is sodas. Not only are they full of sugar, but they are also very acidic, none of which is good for your teeth. Try to avoid them as much as possible and swap them for natural fruit juices. When you do drink them, try to use a straw, since it will minimize the contact of the drink with your teeth.
It is important to learn and teach good dental habits at a young age and enforce them into adulthood. Being tired is not a good excuse not to brush your teeth because it will literally take you a couple of minutes, and sucking on lollipops is a pretty solid way to ruin your teeth fast.
Remember that having aesthetically beautiful teeth is a great thing, but what is far more important is that they are healthy and strong. We don’t even realize how much we use our teeth in our daily lives, for everything from speaking to eating, and they are an essential part of our bodies. And if none of this is good enough to get you to start taking care of your teeth, the first toothache you experience will definitely make you change your mind.