The global pandemic has taken all the world’s attention to maintain health and discipline about hygiene, in the current situation, maintaining personal hygiene is very important. Surely by now, you are used to wearing masks and washing your hands better than before. But don’t forget the importance of keeping your teeth and mouth clean too, you know. Here are some tips on how to maintain healthy teeth and mouth.
WHY IS TEETH AND MOUTH CLEANLINESS IMPORTANT?
Our mouth is the entry point for the digestive and respiratory tracts. The mouth is also home to at least 700 species of microbes. This includes both good and bad bacteria. Regular brushing and flossing can help keep your teeth and mouth clean. However, without good oral and dental hygiene, bad bacteria can cause infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. If left untreated, this disease can affect your overall health.
HOW TO TREAT YOUR TEETH AND MOUTH:
1. BRUSH PROPERLY.
As for how to get rid of bacteria in your mouth, your dentist will recommend brushing your teeth as one of the simplest, yet most effective, methods. Brush your teeth regularly for 2 minutes in the morning after breakfast and at night before going to bed with toothpaste.
2. USE Floss OR FLOSSING.
Do flossing once a day. When flossing, use a regular pattern. Start at the top do it from left to right, then move down, do it from left to right. This way no teeth will be missed!
3. DON’T IGNORE THE TONGUE.
Dental bacteria can also live on your tongue. One way to get rid of bacteria in the mouth is to rub the tongue or clean it with the back of a toothbrush.
4. CHANGE YOUR BRUSH PERIODICALLY.
Change your toothbrush or brush head every 3 to 4 months or sooner if you’ve had a recent cold-like illness. If the bristles are worn out, your toothbrush won’t be able to do its job effectively. Changing brushes regularly also helps prevent the spread of bacteria in the mouth.
5. DON’T EXCHANGE THE TOOTH BRUSH.
Whether it’s with friends or relatives, sharing a toothbrush with other people is not a good idea. This can lead to transmission of dental bacteria and viruses from other people. Also pay attention when storing toothbrushes, keep the toothbrush heads away from each other, don’t touch them.
6. DO REGULAR DENTAL EXAMINATIONS.
Don’t wait until you have a problem to go to the dentist. Make a note in your agenda, dental checkups should be a routine thing. Not only will your teeth be cleaned professionally, the more often you visit the dentist (at least every 6 months), the more you will be able to monitor the health of your teeth and mouth.
7. EAT WELL.
For healthy teeth, you need a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, protein, phosphorus and calcium-rich foods. Low-fat yogurt, tofu, dark green leafy vegetables, are full of calcium which helps strengthen teeth and bones. Vitamin C you can get from eating broccoli, red peppers, and oranges can improve gum health.
8. AVOID SWEET Snacks.
Drink lots of water and eat foods with a high water content. Carrots or apples tend to wash away food debris during chewing. This will help you control the bacteria in your mouth.
Now you know how to take care of your teeth. A little extra attention and effort each day can make a big difference to the health of your teeth and mouth. Follow these tips, healthy teeth will be yours forever! If you feel something uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to immediately do a dental and oral health check to the nearest hospital.