When you ask about optimal care, just remember your childhood days. What did your parents tell you?
Yes, whatever practices your parents told you about are the basic things you can do to maintain a clean mouth. If you have been following that throughout, then there is nothing to worry about.
However, there are still lots of things you can do for optimal care of your mouth. In this article, we have categorized the care. These tips will address the health of your teeth, tongue and overall health of your mouth.
- Sugary foods can lead to production of acid in the mouth, thus damaging the enamel and giving an opportunity for tooth decay. Eat sweets, but in limit. Follow it up with brushing at least an hour after you eat.
- Mouth ulcers are a common thing, which happen when you consume acidic, spicy or very hot food in your regular diet. If mouth ulcers are not treated on time, they can aggravate and lead to some other conditions. Thus, control consumption of spicy and acidic food. If you know you are susceptible to ulcers, eat more of soothing foods such as yoghurt and apples.
- Brushing every day is great, but is your brush right? Change your brush every 2-3 months for it to effectively clean your mouth. This may sound ridiculous, but brushing is a skill. Learn how to get the bristles in every corner.
- Use toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride has anti-bacterial properties.
- Never brush your teeth immediately after a meal, especially after consuming something acidic. Acid weakens the enamel, and if you brush your teeth when the enamel is weak, you may end up eroding it further.
Develop Right Habits
- Our favorite, most-repulsive habit is smoking. Smoking can dry your mouth, creating a condition where bacteria thrive and cause bad breath. For good oral hygiene, quit smoking or begin gradual reduction.
- Many people have the habit of using their teeth to rip off plastic wrappers, or are into the habit of grinding teeth or nail biting. Over the time, these activities cause a lot of stress on your teeth, and damage to the gums. Remember, they are not designed to take this stress.
- Munching on something constantly, means you are exposing your teeth to the by-product of the food for a longer duration. Imagine what it can do to your teeth. Develop a disciplined approach to snacking. Your snack should be a small portion, eaten once between two meals.
It is important to not underestimate the health of your mouth. Having a set of healthy white teeth, not having bad breath or mouth ulcers, will not only be a sign of good health, but will also give you more confidence in interacting with people around you. Bad breath, especially, is a real put-off. Besides, a healthy mouth means you have the freedom to eat what you like, as long as you follow a disciplined approach.