Beyond Brushing & Flossing: the Oral Health Routine That Works

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If you’re lucky, then just having one set of teeth is all that you’ll get. So it is very important that you take care of the teeth that you do have in the best way possible. Teeth can be painful and expensive to repair, so taking care of them each day, just like you do with things like your hair, skin, and general health, is the best way to make sure that they stay in good condition (and hopefully, anything extreme or disastrous happens to them). Not only are your teeth important to look after, but your gums are too. Oral health in all forms is important, but it does have a knock-on impact on your general health too. Oral health is closely related to heart health, so that is another reason why taking care is one of the best things to be doing.
You are likely to be someone that is brushing their teeth each day; this is something that we all get taught from being children. But what about some other ways to look after your teeth? You can be doing more than brushing twice a day. Here are some tips and reminders to make sure that your oral health is as good as possible.

Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride is something that helps to harden teeth and helps to protect the enamel of your teeth. It also helps to reduce the risk of decay with your teeth, so it makes sense to have it in your home. Of course, this isn’t something that you should be swallowing, so that is an important point to note. But for brushing, it can really make a difference and can do more for your teeth than a toothpaste without it.
Protect Teeth
If you are in a work environment that involves machinery or play a lot of contact sports, then one of the best things to be doing is to make sure that you are protecting your teeth. You can get things like mouthguards to help them and reduce the risk of damage or losing one of them if there is a collision or incident. The good news is that all is not lost when there is damage, as places like Mona Vale Dental offer dental implants. But if you can hang on to your own teeth in the first place, then that would be the first choice.
Don’t Use Teeth For Other Things
Our teeth, though they can chew through some crunchy or chewy foods, are not that strong. And if you use your teeth for things like opening bottles, ripping open packets, to cut tape, or any other similar things, you are really running the risk of chipping your teeth or even breaking them. So only use your teeth for the purpose that they were intended for, and not for anything else.
Limit Acidic Drinks
There are acids in the foods that we eat and the drinks that we drink, but some have much more than others. Fizzy, sugary drinks, as well as cordials, and fruit juices, can all soften the enamel of our teeth, and it can lead to teeth ‘dissolving’ and getting holes. Best to be avoided where possible, especially if you can’t brush straight away afterwards.

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