Keeping your teeth healthy is important in so many ways, but most people do not know exactly how to keep their teeth healthy or what they should be doing.
Your teeth is your personal billboard to the rest of the world, and the truth is that if you have yellow, stained, chipped, unhealthy looking teeth then the people you come in contact with are going to have certain thoughts and impressions about you based on your teeth.
Studies have shown that the condition of a persons teeth play a large rule in their dating success, their employment success, and even their chances of getting a promotion.
Lets face it, if you cannot do something as simple as take care of your teeth, why would and employer want to hire you and expect you to take care of their business and or tasks you are assigned?
Not to mention the negative effects having bad teeth can have on yourself and your confidence. Bad teeth can lead to insecurities, depression, loss of confidence, and other mental health issues.
With that in mind, lets talk about some things you should be doing to keep your teeth and gums healthy so you can proudly flash that personal billboard to the entire world with confidence.
Brushing your way to Healthier Teeth
We have all been taught this since our first tooth arrived.
Brush your teeth, brush your teeth, brush your teeth …
Brushing your teeth is very important in the fact that it removes plaque, and debris from the surface, edges, and corners of your teeth as well as your gums. This is the main goal of a toothbrush.
When choosing a toothbrush it is advised that you go for one with soft bristles. This is because they are more effective in removing plaque and using stiff bristles can cause harm to your gums as well as your tooth’s enamel if you are brushing correctly.
Here are some important brushing tips:
You should brush your teeth for a minimum of 2 minutes every time you brush.
Brush at least two times a day – once in the morning and once before bed.
Concentrate on your entire gum line.
Hold your toothbrush in a way that you can accurately maneuver it and tilt the brush at a 45 degree angle up against your gum line. Use short, quick, vibrating strokes from your gum line down.
Pay close attention to hard to reach places, fillings, cracks, and do not forget to brush the inside of your teeth using the same technique listed above.
Finally, brush your tongue lightly to remove any bacteria.
Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush once it begins to show some wear.
Flossing for Healthier Teeth and Gums
Brushing for most people is usually not an issue, but flossing on the other hand is a different story.
A high percentage of people do not floss on a regular basis or nearly as much as they need to. In order to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, you need to make sure you are flossing at least once a day.
String flossing can be annoying and time consuming, therefore you should look into getting a water flossing system.
The purpose of flossing is to remove any plaque and debris from between your teeth that your toothbrush simply just cannot get to and remove. This is vital in preventing gum disease, gingivitis, as well as cavities.
If plaque is left in between your teeth for long periods of time it will harden and turn into tartar build up, which then must be removed by a dentist.
Another issue that is common among those who do not floss regularly is halitosis or bad breath. As you can imagine, the build up of food and plaque between your teeth can create quite an unpleasant smell if left untreated.
Tips for flossing the correct way:
If you are using string floss, break off a piece that is around 15-20″. Wrap the string around each middle finger until you have a small section you can use. Hold the floss tight with your thumb and pointer finger.
Gently slide the floss in between each and every tooth. Once in between your teeth place the floss in a far corner and then move it down around your gum and back up into the other corner. Then take the floss and gently rub it up and down against each side of your tooth.
Then move onto the next gap and repeat until all gaps and teeth have been properly flossed. Once you get the hang of it, you should be able to floss your entire mouth within 3 minutes.
Your Diet and Healthy Teeth
The truth is, your diet has a big impact on the health of your teeth and gums.
One of the most common issues with diet and the health of your teeth is tooth decay. This happens when you eat a lot of sugary foods, drinks, snacks, and other foods that do not contain much nutritional value.
The sugar in these foods combines with plaque and this creates an acid build up that results in tooth decay.
Also, not eating a healthy diet and cause gum disease which can become more severe much quicker if these eating habits continue.
It is important that you not snack on or eat these types of foods or drinks throughout the entire day, but rather consume them with a well balanced meal.
Also, as you probably know, coffee, tea, and wines can take a toll on your teeth as well. After consuming these, you should try your best to brush your teeth in order to prevent staining and enamel damage. Once your teeth are stained, you will need to whiten your teeth in order to get your white teeth back. You do not need to dish out thousands to get your teeth professionally whitened. You can get some high quality whitening strips, or get a professional grade teeth whitening kit, and get pretty much the same results.
Carrying a travel toothbrush in your car, purse, or briefcase is a good idea for these situations.
Here are some foods that promote healthier teeth and gums …
Cheeses, milk, nuts, chicken, fish, fruits that are low in acid, and vegetables are all effective at creating a healthier environment inside your mouth. These foods provide helpful minerals and protect your tooth’s enamel.
The bottom line here is that you should limit sugars throughout the day, possibly eating them one time a day. Instead focus on eating some of the healthier foods and you will be sure to have much healthier teeth and gums.