- Throughout our lives, we are bound to make a large number of bad life decisions. Some are less forgiving than the others, but the continuous repletion of the same mistakes will have great consequences. What I am referring to is perpetual intake of junk food, carbonated drinks, cigarettes, etc. which are bad for our health and our teeth.
- The side effects may not occur instantly, their progression is gradual, but with the passage of time, our good health slowly leaves our bodies and we start to resemble old people, much sooner than anticipated. If we do not strive to preserve our teeth, we will surely lose the commodities such as chewing and smiling, not to mention the anguish we are likely to experience as our teeth are consumed by decay. If we are to prevent this from happening, we need to take some necessary precautions and spend more time taking care of our teeth, not only that, but we also need to stay away from some items that have already become a part of our everyday lives.
Brush twice a day and do not forget to floss
- We need to brush our teeth every night before we go to sleep, since during our busy days, we tend to eat all kinds of food, and drink various liquids that are both filled with sugar and bacteria. In other words, they make our teeth fertile land for decay to develop. In order to reduce the hordes of bacteria that dwell in your mouth, you need to brush your teeth remarkably well. Another way how bacteria find their way back to your teeth is while you are sound asleep, which is why brushing your teeth in the morning is also obligatory. This particular group of bacteria is responsible for the so called “morning breath”, which won’t go away unless we brush our teeth and use mouthwash afterwards. Flossing is also crucial for maintaining oral hygiene, mainly because our toothbrush is not efficient enough to clean all the tiny food chunks which are stuck in between our teeth.
Avoid the bad stuff as much as possible
- Fast food, fizzy drinks and cigarettes, do not only cause tooth decay but they also diminish the whiteness of our teeth. If you really can’t drop your smoking habit at least switch to vaping. Smoke is very bad for both your teeth and gums. The stains which are produced using these ingredients are almost impossible to brush away, and whitening your teeth is also a good way to destroy them, since it reduces their density. Even if you manage to brush the stains, your efforts are still going to be in vain, the reason being that the foods and drinks that you take are lacking the necessary nutrients that your body needs, and after some time, your saliva becomes toxic in a way that it is able to damage your teeth. The very best thing to do is to change your diet, and allow your body to become healthy, or you will just be forced to visit a dentist more often than anticipated.
Pay your dentist a visit
- There is no person that is more qualified to tell you how to take care of your teeth than your dentist. Even if you are not someone who has high concern for his or her health and avoid all of the nasty habits that were mentioned before, having a dental cleaning should still be on your to do list. Sometimes, all of your efforts are not enough because you simply have genetically bad teeth. Your dentist will tell you if you have been brushing properly, and if you accidentally neglected an area in your mouth. Your wisdom teeth that come later in your life may also need to be pulled out because they will bring you nothing but pain, and this happens quite often. Another good reason for visiting a dentist is that your jaw may be slightly deformed and has a potential to keep growing that way, unless you wear braces to correct its path. And ultimately, the main reason why anyone goes to the dentist in the first place is because they need fillings, since teeth can’t heal on their own and any damage done to them is permanent.