Oral health is defined by the American Dental Association as “a functional, structural, aesthetic, physiologic and psychosocial state of well-being and is essential to an individual’s general health and quality of life”. Let’s focus on the aesthetic aspect. Here are some oral health tips that will help you keep up with your oral hygiene and appearance.
Flossing is a crucial tool for removing plaques (Academy of General Dentistry). Flossing removes the debris trapped in between your teeth. This will help maintain healthy teeth and gums. Neglecting flossing can lead to gum diseases and tooth loss. You can find more information about flossing on www.ada.org.
Water washes away any residues that are left on and in between the teeth after a meal. Unlike juice and soda drinks, water does not leave any sugar or acid behind that could deteriorate the teeth and gums. The sugar that exist in drinks other than water can also cause cavities. So, drinking water will help your smile be cavity-free.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day while using a fluoride toothpaste. Professionals, like those at Waterford Dental, know that brushing your teeth prevent plaque from building up on the teeth and gums. Using a fluoride toothpaste can help strengthen your teeth while preventing tooth decay.
Use Baking Soda
According to www.MDhealth.com, baking soda can “be successfully used to remove stains and discolorations from the surface of teeth”. So by using baking soda, you can whiten your teeth. This will give them a brighter look. To make a paste with baking soda, combine it with toothpaste and water. You can use this paste to brush your teeth.
Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Based on www.rd.com, apple cider vinegar can give the same results as baking soda. It also removes stains and whiten teeth. You can gargle with the apple cider vinegar in the morning.
Smoking or Chewing Tobacco
Using tobacco can lead to many diseases, including gum diseases, and tooth decay. Smoking tobacco can permanently stain your teeth, and chewing it can cause your gums to deteriorate. So, staying away from tobacco keeps your teeth and gum healthy.
These tips help with the aesthetic aspect of your oral health, but they can also benefit the other ones. Flossing, drinking water, brushing your teeth, using baking soda and apple cider vinegar, and avoiding tobacco will help you improve your oral hygiene and appearance.