5 Easy Ways To Maintain Great Oral Health At Home

It goes without saying how important oral health is for you and your kids. Tooth decay, gum disease, cavities, throat infections, bad breath, bacterial infections and other health problems are all risks of poor oral hygiene. Our friends at Juban Dental remind us that you and your kids should be visiting the Dentist regularly, preferably every six months. Getting regular teeth cleanings is crucial because a professional teeth cleaning is the only way to properly clean your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing every day isn’t enough without also getting professional teeth cleanings at your dental office. There are habits you can master at home that will help you maintain great oral health and hygiene in between visits to your Dentist. Here are 5 ways to maintain a healthy mouth:

  1. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling involves swishing coconut oil around the mouth for 15 – 20 minutes, using it like a mouthwash, as a natural and effective anti-bacterial remedy. Simply place a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth, then swish it around for 15–20 minutes. This remedy helps rid your mouth of harmful bacteria and dissolves food debris. The bacteria in your mouth creates a film of plaque on your teeth, and plaque can build up and become a real problem if it gets out of hand. When you do oil pulling and swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria get swept away and dissolve in the liquid oil. This will help dissolve plaque, bacteria, and prevent bad breath.

  1. Salt Water Gargle

Gargling with salt water is a great preventative measure to prevent against oral diseases. It’s an antibacterial remedy and an anti-inflammatory remedy. Since bacteria takes up residence in your throat, a great way to flush out that bacteria is by gargling with salt water. Simply add a teaspoon or two of salt to a cup of warm water, stir the mixture, and gargle rigorously. Salt water also helps neutralize the acids in the throat produced by the invading bacteria, and helps maintain a healthy pH balance in your mouth. A normal pH balance also helps the natural bacteria in your throat and mouth to thrive and prevents unwanted bacteria from growing inside of your mouth. The fluoride in salt water prevents loss of minerals from the tooth enamel and helps strengthen it. Gargling with salt water also helps dissolve plaque buildup on your teeth, heal canker sores and heal a red, sore throat.

  1. Brush Your Tongue – Not Just Your Teeth

You already know how important it is to brush your teeth daily, but do you brush your tongue? Buy a toothbrush that has a tongue scraper on it, and use that to scrape bacteria off of your tongue. Tongue scraping is an effective oral hygiene practice that removes bacteria, food debris, toxins and dead skin from the surface of the tongue. This helps prevent bad breath, throat infections, and gum disease. It’s also important that when you brush your teeth, you brush the proper way. Don’t do the fast version – brush your teeth diligently and always brush after eating sugar.

  1. Floss Every Day

Flossing is the best way to remove plaque between the teeth, which is where your brush can’t reach. Plaque that isn’t removed by flossing can build up, harden, turn to tartar and cause major oral health problems. It leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing takes extra time, which is why many people skip this step. However, flossing is a crucial step that can’t be skipped.

  1. Avoid Sugary Foods Whenever Possible

Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases of both children and adults, which is frustrating since it’s preventable. Eating less sugary foods is a great way to prevent this disease. Sugars are agents of oral bacteria, which release acids that attack the teeth, causing tooth decay. That’s why your Dentist always tells you that eating sugary foods will cause cavities. The less sugar you eat, the healthier your teeth will be. Never have a sugary snack in between meals. If you must have a sugary treat, eat it during mealtime so that the other foods can neutralize the acids of the sugars. If you snack in between meals, make sure it’s a healthy snack that does not contain sugar.

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Judy Lees is a super-connector with Photographers In Islamabad who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, Photography, branding and networking. He frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing, digital photography.

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