If you are health conscious, you may wonder what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong when it comes to your oral health. Surprisingly, there are a number of easy steps you can take that could potentially drastically improve your oral health. It is sometimes surprising to hear how many people don’t already heed this advice, but if you are one of those people, maybe you can learn a thing or two about what you can do to improve your dental health!
Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
It seems as if this tip is a little too simple, but it really is that easy. Many people don’t understand the necessity of changing a toothbrush, but it really can improve your oral, and even possibly your overall health.
Over time, the bristles of your brush will become worn down and when you brush your teeth, your toothbrush won’t clean as effectively as it once did. This can lead to groups of bacteria getting the chance to flourish in your mouth as a result. It’s important for the bristles of your brush to be intact.
Another reason that changing your toothbrush is so important is that bacteria can actually colonize the toothbrush itself. Unfortunately, many people who don’t change their toothbrushes regularly store their toothbrushes nearby their family members. This means that the bacteria from other brushes can actually find its way onto yours.
Use a Tongue Scraper
The tongue makes up a large portion of the surface area of your mouth and it is an often neglected part of the brushing process that can lead to tooth and gum decay as well as bad breath!
Don’t Brush Too Hard
You might think that the harder you brush, the better you are getting rid of bacteria. This is not the case! Brushing overly hard can actually be damaging to your gums and not do any better of a job at removing bacteria than normal brushing.
Eat Teeth-Friendly Foods
It’s important to avoid overly sugary foods and drinks as these contribute to bacterial growth and dental decay. If you add teeth-healthy foods like cheese, yogurt, leafy greens, apples, carrots, celery, and almonds, then your teeth will thank you in the form of strength and a lack of cavities!