9 General Oral Hygiene Tips for the Whole Family

9 General Oral Hygiene Tips for the Whole Family

Healthy teeth are just as important as healthy bodies and minds. Today’s feature is for the whole family as we share general tips for healthy teeth. Sedation Dentistry Colorado is very serious about oral hygiene.

Our mouths and teeth are quite important as we use them a lot for eating, talking, smiling, singing, etc. Healthy and white teeth, fresh breath, and a healthy smile can take you far. The whole family can make use of the tips below.

Brush Twice a Day

Yes, you’ve heard it a million times before. Brush your teeth first thing in the morning to wash away any bacteria that built up during the night. Brush again before you go to bed to make sure you wash away any build-up from the day and to prevent cavities.

Replace Your Toothbrush Often

You should get a new toothbrush every two to three months. The bristles get old and frayed and no longer do such a great job. There can also be a build-up on the bristles after some time. It is best to replace it often to ensure good oral health.

Floss Regularly

You should floss everyday. If possible, you should floss after every meal as well to get rid of food that may get stuck in your teeth and potentially cause problems. If you have some floss at the office, in the car, and in your purse, you can floss anywhere and make sure your teeth are always clean.

Check Your Diet

Your diet has an influence on your oral health. Certain foods and drinks cause stains that make teeth look yellow. Coffee, wine, soda, and smoking should be reduced or avoided if you want whiter teeth and a healthier mouth. Sugary foods promote the effects of bacteria and should also be avoided or you should brush or rinse straight after eating it.

Clean Your Tongue

Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue. Bacteria tends to build up there as well. You should do this everyday when you brush your teeth.

Eat ‘detergent’ foods

Some foods are naturally good for your teeth because they clean the teeth while you chew. Examples of detergent foods include strawberries, pineapples, popcorn, raw carrots, apples, and celery. Try to eat these foods last if you cannot brush your teeth after eating. They will help clean your teeth.

Alternative Remedies

There are some alternative remedies you can try to whiten teeth and get rid of bacteria. Both baking soda and apple cider vinegar have proven to successfully remove stains on teeth and also get rid of bacteria and build-up. People brush their teeth with these products to keep their teeth happy and healthy.

Visit the Dentist

Visit the dentist every 6 months for a check-up and a tooth cleaning. These procedures are inexpensive and will help keep your mouth and teeth healthy.

Chew Sugarless Gum

If you are going out to eat or eat away from home, chew some sugarless gum to get rid of food between your teeth. It also helps to increase saliva production which kills bacteria in the mouth.

Good oral hygiene is not difficult. A simple daily routine and some extra help from baking soda or vinegar once a week is more than enough to keep your teeth healthy and your smile happy.

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