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10 Things You Can Do To Help Your Teeth and Improve Your Oral HealthOral health is one of the most important, yet commonly overlooked, areas that affect general health and well-being. Problems with the teeth and mouth can have a devastating effect on the rest of the body. Here are ten things you can do to improve your oral health and keep your teeth looking and feeling great.
1. Brush and Floss DailyBrushing and flossing regularly is the single most important thing you can do to help your teeth and improve your oral health. Brush and floss twice a day. When brushing, pay attention to each surface of each tooth, and make sure that no nook or cranny in your mouth goes uncleaned.
2. Visit Your Dentist RegularlyMake sure you regularly schedule appointments with your dentist for cleanings, examinations, and x-rays. Your dentist can help you avoid many dental-health issues by catching them early, and by keeping your teeth in tip-top shape.
3. Drink Lots of WaterDrinking sufficient quantities of clean, cool water throughout the day will help wash away leftover food, and promote the production of clean saliva, keeping your teeth and gums happy and healthy.
4. Eat Fewer Processed SugarsReducing your intake of sugars and processed sweets will not only help your oral health and reduce your risk of cavities, it will promote a more healthy, balanced body.
Many fruits and vegetables actually promote healthy teeth and gums. The clean, firm nature of foods such as carrots and apples provide a tasty treat, and gently stimulate the teeth and gums.
6. Avoid Extremely Hard FoodsMany hard foods and candies can actually break teeth, creating a serious issue. Avoid extremely hard foods, and limit the amount of chewy candies such as caramel and tootsie rolls.
7. Address Aches and Pains PromptlyMany people choose to ignore tooth aches and pains, thinking they will go away on their own, or don't pose a serious threat. While a toothache may be nothing more than increased sensitivity, it could also be the beginning of a more serious issue. Make sure you discuss any aches and pains in and around your mouth with your dentist or oral surgeon promptly.
8. Travel With Your Toothbrush and FlossThere’s no reason to neglect your teeth while you travel. Invest in a travel toothbrush and small travel toothpaste. Keep brushing and flossing daily, regardless of the change in your routine.
9. Stop Drinking SodaSoda is one of the worst things for your teeth and oral health. Even “sugar alternatives” pose a serious concern. Consider limiting or eliminating soda from your diet. If you absolutely must drink soda, follow it immediately with water, and brush and floss as soon as you can.
10. Don't Use Your Teeth as a Pry BarWhile some people enjoy “prying” on things with their teeth, like opening bottles or packages, it's simply not a good idea. Teeth are fragile, and a large number of dental problems can be caused by these activities.
By following these recommendations, you will be doing the best that you can to maintain your teeth, gums, and general oral health. If you have any questions or concerns about properly caring for your teeth, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Egremy at Hospident Cancun Dental Makeover.