“Teeth are the only Bones that you show” – this quote clearly conveys the importance of teeth. A smile definitely wins friends but it is the tooth that enhances the quality of smile isn’t it? From ancient Ayurveda to modern dentistry people have tried various methods to keep tooth decay at bay. Our endeavor to possess better oral health has a history. We have tried to compile the best oral health practices that can help us to have a hygienic lifestyle.
- Bring change in eating habits
- Food with lots of calcium such as cheese, milk, yogurt, and other dairy products reverses tooth decay
- Avoid sweet beverages, soda, juices and instead rely on simple water, fruit smoothie and sugarless tea should be preferred
- Clean and change your toothbrush regularly
- Replacing toothbrush in regular intervals is more important than the paste you buy from the market based on a new ad that appeared on the TV
- Choosing a small or medium size brush with bristles reaching every corner of mouth is most important
- Using a toothbrush cover is not advisable and at the same time don’t leave the brush in toilets as fecal bacteria will infect them.
- Chewing Sugarless Gum can be miraculous
Though it might appear funny, chewing sugarless gums helps prevention of tooth decay. Xylitol is a component present in sugarless gums that prevents growth of bacteria.
- Stick to proper Dental Care Routine
Following the rule book guidelines like:
- Brush teeth twice a day for at least two minutes
- Floss the teeth along with brushing
- Use Mouthwash as it has the ability to kill residual germs and bacteria. These are the fundamental practices for a better oral hygiene
- Intake of food with supplements and vitamins
- Consumption of food rich in fibre helps in better salivation. Use apples, bananas, Brussels sprouts, and peas in abundance
- Whole grains are rich in Vitamin B, Iron and Magnesium consume them to maximum extent possible
- Intake of seafood enriches body with Vitamin D. Salmon, herrings, canned tuna, and sardines supply adequate vitamin D.
- Coconut oil pulling nourishes teeth
Simply swish tablespoon of coconut oil in mouth for 20-30 minutes until oil and saliva turns into milky form kills bacteria and germs hidden in teeth cavities. If this is properly followed with brushing and flossing our teeth becomes stronger.
- Prepare in house remineralizing toothpaste
Preparing toothpaste that can be used as a supplement to regular fluoride toothpaste using home ingredients helps in maintaining better oral health.
It can be prepared with:
- 4 tbsp calcium powder
- 1 tbsp stevia
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
Mix all the ingredients until a paste texture is formed.
- Regular appointments with a Dentist
Visiting a dentist once in a year or two to have a regular oral checkup and getting gumline cleaned to remove plaque and tartar is a most important aspect of ensuring good oral health.