• By 1300 SMILES
  • July 20, 2016

Do you want to keep your teeth strong and healthy? Follow these ten tips to keep your teeth strong and healthy and improve your overall health.

1. Eat well

What you put in your mouth can affect the overall health of your teeth and gums. Choosing foods that are low in sugar and starches will reduce the acids produced therefore reducing your risks of tooth decay.

2. Floss everyday

Nearly half the surface area of your teeth lies between them. Flossing removes plaque from between your teeth which helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay and halitosis, otherwise known as ‘bad breath’.

3. Regular dental visits

Regular visits to the dentist are important because they are professionals and see things that you don’t. Earlier treatment is likely to be quicker and less expensive, saving you time and money. You should have regular dental visits at least every 6 months.

4. Reduce stress

Too much stress can lead to all kinds of problems with your mouth, teeth and gums. Grinding and clenching, mouth ulcers and cold sores can all be a symptom of stress.

5. Smoking

The most obvious effect of smoking is the staining and discolouration of teeth, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Smoking has been linked to a decrease of blood flow to the teeth and gums, bone shrinkage, teeth loss, and an inhibiting the production of saliva which plays a crucial role in protecting your teeth from decay.

6. Chewing gum

Chewing gum increases the production of saliva, which helps protect your teeth by keeping them clean and by helping to strengthen enamel.

7. Soften your toothbrush

You are always best using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and a flexible neck because this will most effectively remove plaque and debris from your teeth, without damaging your teeth and gums or drawing blood.

 8. Change your toothbrush

Replace your brush at the first sign of wear-and-tear or every three months, whichever comes first. If you’ve had a cold, replace your toothbrush so you don’t get re-infected by the germs in the bristles.

 9. Use a straw

Soft drinks are high in sugar and acid that over time can cause tooth erosion and decay. Using a straw will limit the drink’s contact with your teeth.

10. Limit Snacks

The more sugary snacks you have between meals (fruit, juice, sugared coffee, soft drinks etc.) the greater your risk of tooth erosion and decay.