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October 28, 2016

10 Tips To Keep Your Teeth Strong and Healthy As You Get Older

Follow our 10 tips below on how to keep your teeth strong and healthy and how you can improve your oral and overall general health.

1. Nutrition
What you put in your mouth can affect the health of your teeth and gums. Choosing the right foods early in life can be especially beneficial throughout your whole life. Your mouth is full of germs and bacteria (plaque) that thrive on the starches and sugars produced that are found in the food you eat. Choosing foods that are low in sugar and starches will reduce the acids produced.

2. Floss
Majority of the population that do use floss on a regular basis do not use it correctly. I liken bad flossing to trying to clean a pool with a scrubbing brush. If you don’t clean between the teeth, you’re cleaning only 60 per cent of the tooth’s surface. To effectively remove plaque, you need to hook the floss like a C around the tooth, so it hooks out the plaque from between the contact points of the teeth.

3. Regular dental visits
There are two reasons people do not visit their dentist regularly. One is ‘The Nervous Patient’. A bad experience and fear of injections are the two most common reasons for this nervousness. However, spending money on maintaining your oral health is most important.

4. Grinding and clenching
Now not all of us know that we do this. Sometimes it happens while you sleep. Not many people know that your dentist can help with this. If you experience any of these problems, ask you dentist how they can help.

5. Smoking
You don’t have to be a genius to know that smoking is bad for your general health but did you know that smoking reduces the blood flow to your mouth, resulting in greater chances of developing periodontal disease and oral cancers. Plus don’t forget the bad breath, stinky clothes and yellow teeth.

6. See your dentist for regular check ups
Make sure you visit your dentist and hygienist regularly. You should also visit your dentist if you have a dental problem such as a toothache or bleeding gums.

7. Quit smoking
Quit smoking to help reduce the chances of tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases mouth cancer.

8. Change your toothbrush
Changing your toothbrush is vital in keeping your oral hygiene in a good condition. Toothbrushes should be changed every 3 months due to the ineffectiveness after this. Also your mouth is full of bacteria, which transfers to your toothbrush after every use. And did you know that 80% of bacteria found in your mouth is not on your teeth? They are in the hard to reach places and soft tissues in your mouth such as the tongue cheeks and gums.

9. Use a straw
When drinking every dentist’s worst nightmare – soft drink or soda; use a straw. Using a straw will bypass the acid to your teeth. You still need to rinse your mouth with water after drinking these nasties, and if you are regular consumer you should use fluoride toothpaste and see your dentist for regular check-ups.

10. Limit snacks
If you eat 3 meals a day with no carbohydrates or sugar in between meals, then no need to read on. However, if you are like most of the population and cant resist a bit of snacking between meals then continue reading. The more snacks with sugar you have between meals (fruit, juice, sugared coffee, soft drinks etc.) the more holes you are likely to get.

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