Let’s take a moment and get back to the basics of dental health. In today’s day and age of complicated procedures, teeth whitening technology, and cosmetics, we can tend to forget about the core fundamentals of healthy teeth and gums.
But at the end of the day, all the technology in the world doesn’t replace the healthy habits of taking care of your teeth. The same habits you have learned since you were a kid that your parents and teacher instilled in you.
So today we are going to cover 3 basic steps you can take to ensure you have healthy teeth and gums. These steps are fundamental, and should be practiced by kids and adults to ensure overall healthy teeth and gums.
1) Brush Regularly
This is a function of consistency, not “let me brush right now for 3 hours straight to make up for years of neglect”! The key to getting the most out of regularly brushing your teeth is to be consistent with this habit.
Most dentists will tell you that brushing your teeth in the morning, and before you go to bed are good habits to form. Others will tell you to brush your teeth after each meal.
The key to success here is consistency and brushing regularly, whatever the schedule may be.
2) Floss Regularly
Along with brushing your teeth regularly is flossing regularly. Flossing allows you to get food and debris out from between your teeth that brushing just will not reach. Again with flossing, just like with brushing, it’s all about forming a habit and doing it on a regular basis.
Flossing is the best way to also take care of your gums. Not only will food and debris build up between your teeth, but it will also get into your gums and start to cause problems if not removed. That’s why when you floss, you have to ensure that you get the food out that is stuck deep in your gums.
3) Avoiding Sugar
One of the biggest enemies to your teeth and gums is sugar. Sugar is the key ingredient to tooth and gum decay. What’s challenging is that so many foods that are promoted as being healthy actually have large contents of sugar. Products such as cereal, cookies, cakes, and sodas are all typically known for high levels of sugar.
So when you are out grocery shopping next time, make sure to read the labels of the food you are buying . If you see contents such as sugar, glucose, evaporated cane juice or sucrose, you can be sure that it has a fairly high level of sugar.
These are just a few tips to help promote healthy teeth and gums.
What are some other ways you know of, or habits that you have, that can help us in building stronger, healthier teeth and gums?