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10 Tips to Look After Your Teeth

By Dr. Madhvi Nagpal | Updated: Tuesday, 17 December 2019 16:54 UTC
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10 Tips to Look After Your Teeth

Good dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will always lead to healthy teeth and gums. So, here are the most important tips to help you look after your teeth.

1. Brushing:

Brushing of your teeth at least twice a day to prevent sensitivity and to avoid buildup of bacteria. Brushing teeth after meals are the best. It removes food particles that can cause tooth cavity and decay. Make sure to brush every morning and night to keep your mouth clean with a proper technique.

2. Limit Junk and Sugary Food:

Many times, we eat too much chocolate, sugar candy, and chips. Such junk foods if eaten too much can cause a tooth cavity and sensitivity. Also, bacteria in dental plaque change sugars into acids

3. A Limit on Sodas and Alcohol:

Carbonated soda, coffee, and alcohol are bad for your teeth. Too much phosphorous contained in carbonated beverages can deplete the calcium in teeth and can be a cause of other oral problems. In severe cases, teeth can be decayed to the gum.

4. Consume Calcium and Vitamin Rich Liquids:

Your body needs plenty of calcium not just for your teeth but for bones too. Milk, fresh fruit juices, soup, yogurt, herbal juices help in maintaining good health and teeth. Calcium makes the teeth stronger and increases longevity.

5. Clean Tongue:

We need to clean our tongue daily to remove plaque. One should make it a habit to scrub the tongue as well while brushing to remove the accumulated plaque which is a major cause of bad breath in many individuals.

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6. Avoid Tobacco:

Likewise, it would be a great favor for your teeth to avoid tobacco as it causes oral cancer and even severely affects your teeth. Regular chewing of tobacco also causes discoloration of teeth and decays the teeth. It causes abrasion of the tooth surface which in turn lead to cavities.

7. Fresh Breath:

Many reasons mentioned above are the major cause of bad breath that shows poor oral care. Hence, it is very important to avoid such foods and use mouthwashes on a daily basis for a fresher breath between and after meals.

8. New Tooth Brush:

Keep in mind that we need to change our toothbrush at least once in three to four months. If you do not, then your toothbrush can develop bacteria on the bristles and that would come back in your mouth leading to cavities and bad breath.

9. Floss Your Teeth Daily:

Dental floss helps us reach the most difficult to clean surfaces of teeth such as the contact areas and hence aid in maintaining oral hygiene and prevent dental decay.

10. Visit Your Dentist:

Most of us visit the dentist when the situation becomes worst but we need to keep in mind that we should visit our nearby dentist at least twice a year for a regular checkup.

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