Many people suffer from tooth decay later in life, but there are ways to keep a mouth full of healthy teeth no matter how old you are.
Brush twice a day and floss daily
This seems that it would be a no-brainer, but many people only brush once a day, and rarely ever floss. Brushing can push plaque and cavity-forming debris down between your teeth. Flossing can reach down between teeth and pull that debris out, cleaning the spaces that bristles can’t reach. In addition, it hardens the gums and prevents bleeding during flossing.
Chewing gum after a meal / drinking a glass of water
Both methods produce the same result: generating an increase in saliva flow and helping to wash away any bacteria left over from the food. In addition, it helps the digestion process proceed more quickly, allowing you to process the food more quickly.
Eat a healthy diet
All that stuff doctors always say about eating fruits and vegetables? Turns out there is something to it. Studies have shown that a healthy diet contributes greatly to dental health, and an unhealthy diet can lead to inflammation of the gums, which can lead to gum disease. A healthy diet keeps the enamel of the teeth strong and the gums soothed.
Don’t consume tobacco
That includes chewing or smoking. Tobacco leaves near-permanent stains on the teeth, and the chemicals within cigarettes and chewing tobacco lead to irritation of the gums, which can cause oral and throat cancer. The additional health risks of nicotine consumption make this habit one to avoid anyway.
Change your toothbrush every two to three months
It’s easy to hang on to a toothbrush for far too long, but in the end they act as petri dishes for bacteria. After a while, your toothbrush is home to more undesirables than you’re scrubbing off, and you end up transferring them to your teeth. The way to avoid this is to get a new toothbrush every so often, or to change the head of your electric toothbrush. Dentists recommend changing them every two to three months in order to prevent too much bacterial growth.
Which would you prefer: your real teeth, or dentures? Keeping your teeth healthy and strong all throughout life prevents the need for dentures as you age, and also leads to an increase in overall health. Dental health has been linked to heart health and overall levels of wellness, so keeping your pearly whites in top condition is good for the rest of your body, too.