Teeth and Gum Health
Your mouth might only be a small part of your body, but the health of your teeth and gums is a really important matter. Not to mention that so many of our vices can cause deterioration of oral health: we’ve all known (or been) people who drink too much coffee, smoke too many cigarettes or who simply don’t stay on top of keeping good dental habits. Mobile Teeth Whitening Hamilton has some tips for what you should watch out for when maintaining good teeth and gums. Though of course, we should say that this advice isn’t complete without regular cleaning and whitening!
Brushing and Flossing
Everyone’s been told to brush and floss by their dentists, but still there’s a lot of misinformation and lack of understand about the best ways to maintain your teeth and gums. Brushing should happen at least twice a day, but don’t brush your teeth in the morning before you drink coffee and eat a meal! Ideally brushing and flossing should always happen after meals so that your mouth is being cleaned when it’s full of leftover food particles and bacteria. When you brush, you also clean off the outer layer of your teeth, temporarily exposing the more vulnerable underneath. This can make staining worse if you drink coffee, tea or smoke cigarettes after brushing.
You are what you eat – and that means diet has a big effect on the health of your gums and teeth! Processed and sugary foods may taste good in the short term, but they can have a severely detrimental effect on oral health. Sugar is one of the worst offenders. If you can remove sugars from your regular eating patterns, your teeth will thank you and the result will be fewer cavities and a brighter smile. On the other hand, there are many nutrients that can enhance your oral wellbeing. As with bones, calcium is a very useful supplement to sturdy and unblemished teeth.
Too many people are still unaware of just how badly some unhealthy lifestyle choices can affect your oral health. Smoking is one of the worst things you can do your teeth, whether it’s cigarettes, cigars or vaping. Many beverages also contain substances such as tannins that stain teeth. Examples include coffee, wine and sugar sodas. Either avoid these drinks altogether or use moderation to keep your teeth white! Other people have a bad habit of being lazy about flossing. This will always come back to bite you in the end as failure to floss enough on a regular basis will typically lead to gum infection or worse.
Even if you brush and floss with discipline, maintain a good diet and cease bad habits, the truth is that your teeth will still deteriorate and yellow over time. This is just a sad fact of human aging for the time being. Luckily for you, you live in a time where dental care is more well-understood and widely available than ever before. Regular visits to the dentist for cleaning and check-ups is essential, and the best way to follow up the cleaning is with a teeth whitening session for that extra sparkle. Keep your health in check, and keep your smile bright!