Okay, so we all know by now that maintaining healthy teeth and gums is an ongoing process. But sometimes our lives can be quite hectic and we forget this basic necessity.
It’s important to always maintain a solid oral care regimen so that your teeth remain healthy and shining. Teeth whitening is a great option if you’ve allowed your dentures to become a little unkempt, now let’s look at how to maintain that shiny look after you’ve had them done!
1. Oral care is key
Dentists the world over don’t say it for no reason: you should be brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day for around two minutes (you might want to get an electric toothbrush with a timer for this purpose!). This should typically be done after getting up in the morning and before going to bed at night.
When brushing your teeth, brush them gently and in a circular motion, being sure to brush each area of your teeth, gums and mouth so that you cover the whole mouth region.
Mouthwash is a liquid product designed to rinse your mouth, gums and teeth. It typically contains a particular antiseptic that can kill the harmful bacteria that lives on your tongue and between your teeth.
It’s a good idea to rinse with mouthwash at least twice a day to freshen your breath, assist in reducing cavities and reduce plaque. Mouthwash rinsing can also protect your mouth from gingivitis.
3. Keep up a regular flossing schedule
Many people overlook flossing as they are used to brushing and think this covers the whole situation. But flossing takes care of the food particles and plaque that your trusty toothbrush cannot reach. If you allow these unwanted particles to stay in your teeth then there will be a likelihood of bacteria growth.
You should floss once a night, but if you are prone to tartar build-up or mouth disease then you should do it at least twice a day.
4. Don’t sit on the one toothbrush
People often overlook replacing their toothbrush. But you should really be replacing them at least every three months and especially after you’ve been unwell. Your toothbrush should be replaced if it is looking tired and worn out, as an outdated toothbrush doesn’t clean your teeth properly but instead just facilitates the growth of bacteria.
5. Drink water
Well we already know we’re supposed to drink plenty of water, so be sure to continue drinking your usual amount of 1.5L a day. Water is not only great for our bodies in general, but it is also the major saliva component that attacks bacteria. Water consumption also helps neutralise the acid that produces tooth decay and washes away excess bacteria and food particles.
Finally, water helps fight bad breath and helps keep the soft tissues of the mouth moist and healthy.
6. Eat well
Just like staying hydrated, eating well is important for maintaining our general health as well as the health of our mouths, teeth and gums. Conversely, eating foods that are full of trans fats, artificial sugars etc. are not only bad for your breath but are bad for your dental health in general.
7. Limit (or avoid) cigarettes & alcohol
On the note of healthy consumption, try to limit – if not completely avoid – your consumption of cigarettes and alcohol. We don’t even need to go into why they are bad for your dental health, as they are simply bad for our overall health which, in turn, is bad for our mouths.