- Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth- Its no secret that brushing twice a day helps to get rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.
- Brush properly- Brushing techniques is equally important for a cavity (tooth decay) free mouth. It should be in a gentle, circular manner to remove plaque.
- Tongue cleaning- Plaque is the soft sticky film that we brush off, it accumulates on the teeth when food resides on the teeth for too long. Plaque can build up on your tongue leading to bad mouth odour and other oral health problems. Gently clean your tongue every day.
- Use a fluoridated toothpaste– Fluoride in the toothpaste helps preventing decay by forming a protective layer on the teeth.
- Flossing- Brushing and flossing together will help to remove food particles stuck in between the teeth. Ready-to-use dental flosses are also available for children.
- Mouthwash- Use of mouthwash helps in 3 ways:
- Reduces amount of acid in mouth.
- Cleans hard-to-brush areas in and around gums.
- Re-mineralizes teeth.
Ask your dentist for specific mouthwash recommendation.
- Drink more water- Drinking more water helps wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods.
- Fruits and Vegetables, along with a balanced diet, have been noted for decreasing tooth decay and promoting oral health for several reasons: many fruits and vegetables are good sources for vitamin C, some contain iron and calcium, and they don’t contain added sugars.
- Fruits and Vegetables are also composed mostly of water, and water provides a moist environment which prevents bacterial growth.
- Excessive intake of protein (in meat), phosphorus (in soft drink), sodium, caffeine, and smoking, all have a negative impact on bone health, including your teeth.
- Limit sugary and acidic foods- Sugar converts into acid which erodes the tooth enamel (protective outer covering of the teeth) and leads to cavity formation.
Foods/Beverages that Increase Your Risk for Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
- Sticky, chewy foods – candy, caramel, honey, syrup
- Sugary Snacks – cakes, cookies etc
- Gum (not sugar free)
- Carbonated soft drinks.
- Visit your dentist twice a year-
If there is any small cavity, it can be treated early rather than waiting for it to become deep and leading to pain and infection.
OUR ADVICE: Think of it this way…if it’s not good for your body…, it’s probably not good for your teeth!