Healthy Teeth: 10 Essential At-Home Practices

How do you know if you have healthy teeth?

A healthy teeth is a great asset. It’s crucial to take the right steps every day to take care of them. Your teeth vary in shape and size depending on where they are in your mouth. These differences allow the teeth to do many different jobs.

Teeth help us to chew and digest food. They help us to talk, and to pronounce different sounds clearly. Finally, teeth help to give our face its shape. A healthy teeth leads to a sparkling smile. Because this is so important, it makes sense to give your teeth the best care possible.

Your oral health is about more than a sparkling, white smile. It’s also about protecting your mouth from plaque. Plaque is the sticky bacteria that can build up on your teeth and gums. The bacteria produce acids in your mouth that can weaken your tooth enamel. This leads to tooth decay, and irritate your gums. Fortunately, there are simple ways to keep teeth healthy and strong.

Ways to keep your teeth healthy

It is easy to get your mouth clean and healthy, and keep it that way. A simple routine can help prevent most dental problems. Here’s how:

Brush your teeth twice daily

We all know the general recommendation is to brush at least twice a day. Besides many of us mostly forget brushing our teeth before going to bed. But brushing before bed gets rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.

Take your time whiles brushing your teeth. Move the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. Unremoved plaque can harden, leading to calculus build-up and gingivitis.

Flossing builds healthy teeth

Floss daily

Bacteria can cause tooth decay and other dental health issues. They can hide between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. This is why flossing is a necessity. Any type of waxed floss should work well. Be sure to slide the floss between the gum and tooth. If there’s gap between your teeth, using an interdental cleaner may work better than floss. If you have a bridge, you may want to use an interdental cleaner or a special floss threader that can effectively clean underneath the bridge.

Take care of your toothbrush

For healthy teeth, take care of your toothbrush. Rinse it well after toothbrushing. Then, in an upright position, make sure to store it out in the open. Plenty of air flow around the bristles will help keep your brush dry. Because microorganisms can grow on your toothbrush especially in a moist environment.

When it is no longer effective, get a new one. The American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every three to four months. Although with children you may need to change sooner. Keep an eye out for frayed, worn bristles.

Clean your tongue

A healthy teeth routine should always include brushing your tongue. This can either be with your toothbrush or using a tongue scraper. You can find any of them in the dental products aisle at the drugstore. This is necessary because foods can get stuck in the grooves of your tongue. This causes bacteria to grow. Other oral health problems that can develop if you don’t clean your tongue are a bad taste in your mouth, staining on your tongue, and bad breath.

Use Fluoride help build healthy teeth

Fluoride helps build strong teeth and bones
Portrait of pretty young woman brushing her teeth.

Fluoride is not just for kids. This natural mineral hardens tooth enamel and also helps to prevent cavities. You can get fluoride from your toothpaste and some mouthwashes. Fluoride should be used sparingly in young children — no more than a pea-sized dab on the toothbrush. Too much can cause white spots on teeth. Talk to your dentist about what type of fluoride treatments are right for you.

Watch what you eat

The foods you eat contribute to tooth decay when they combine with bacteria in your mouth. For a healthy teeth, eat plenty of calcium-rich foods such as milk, yogurt, and cheese. Calcium maintains the bone that the tooth roots are embedded in.  This is particularly important for older adults and for children during development of both baby and adult teeth.

Use a mouthwash

Listerine mouthwash for healthy teeth

A fluoride mouthwash can help prevent tooth decay. Your dental team may recommend an antibacterial mouthwash to help control plaque and reduce gum disease. It reduces the amount of acid in the mouth, cleans hard-to-brush areas in and around the gums. It also re-mineralizes the teeth to be healthy. Besides, regularly using mouthwash to freshen your breath can be a sign of bad breath. See your dental team.

Avoid frequent sugary snacks

Frequently eating food with added sugars can lead to an increased risk of cavities. The sugar can change the environment of your mouth. This makes it more favorable to the bacteria that create acids and lead to cavities. When it comes to healthy teeth, it’s the frequency of the snacks that matters. When you do snack on sugary foods (including acidic fruits), protect your dental health by following the food with a glass of water to dilute the acids in your mouth.

Quit smoking for a healthy teeth

Smoking cigarettes may be one of the biggest risk factors for gum disease. Also, smokers who have been treated for gum disease or have had oral surgery heal more slowly than people who don’t smoke. In addition, smoking is associated with oral cancer. It can also leave yellow nicotine stains on your teeth and cause bad breath. For optimal an overall health — quit smoking.

Talk to Your Dentist

Your dentist and dental hygienist are there to help you with oral care. Visit your dentist for regular check-ups. Most experts recommend a dental check-up every 6 months. It’s even more often if you have problems such as gingivitis. During your visit voice any questions or concerns that you may have about keeping your teeth healthy. They can help you create a daily brushing and flossing plan that is suited to the specific needs of your teeth.

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