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Want to Keep it Simple? Here are the 5 Best Practices for Healthy Teeth!

By: Dr. Ratti Handa on March 15th, 2017

So often we take our teeth for granted. We put our chompers through the paces whether we realize it or not—drinking coffee and eating foods high in acidity, chewing on ice or the ends of pencils, clenching in our sleep or in times of high stress. No matter what it is, our teeth endure a good deal of trauma. The very least we can do is incorporate a little added prevention into our daily routine.

First things first: be sure to see your dentist at least twice a year. Every mouth is different and some of us are prone to dental issues quicker than others. Check with your dentist to see what frequency is best for you and your teeth.

Once you have a solid dental check-up schedule, please consider the following 5 recommended practices:

 

  1. Don’t go to bed without brushing

Everyone knows that brushing twice a day is recommended by dental professionals—and yet so many of us skip brushing at night. We are too tired or perhaps we forget. But hitting the sack without brushing is risky business: plaque will have more time to harden and calcify—and then off to the dentist you go!

  1. Brush the right way!

Brushing your teeth the correct way is critical. In fact, brushing incorrectly is almost as bad as not brushing at all! The key is to take your time and move the brush in gentle, circular motions. Untouched plaque can lead to buildup, making you more susceptible to cavities or gingivitis (early gum disease).

  1. Work mouthwash into your routine

Sure, mouthwash can leave your breath nice and fresh but this is merely a pleasant byproduct of what mouthwash is meant to do. A good mouthwash helps your teeth in 3 ways: it reduces the amount of acid in the mouth, cleans hard to brush areas in and around the gums and re-mineralizes the teeth. Want to learn how to make your own natural mouthwash? Click here!

  1. Drink more water

Water is SO good for you on a number of levels. Of course it helps you to maintain a healthy weight and keeps you hydrated. But did you know that it helps with oral hygiene too? If you drink a glass of water after every meal it can wash away the negative effects of sticky, acidic food.

  1. Eat crunchy fruits and veggies

Yet another reason to avoid ready-to-eat processed foods. Fresh, whole fruits and vegetables require a bit of work for our teeth and jaw. Chewing through healthful, natural food helps to keep our teeth clean—not to mention the added benefit of a little extra fiber in our diet.

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