Having bad dental hygiene is one of the main reasons for having bad oral health, so most of us know that we should brush our teeth often and visit the dentist for check ups regularly. But there is more that just having good hygiene. Here are some daily tips to help you achieve good oral health and make your visits to the dentist significantly more rare.
1. Brush Your Teeth and Mouth Properly
Make sure to not only brush your teeth twice a day, but also brush your mouth properly. One brushing should take at least two minutes in order for every part of your teeth to be reached. Many people forget to brush their gum line, make sure that you do.
Also, sometimes when you are in a rush, you often do not give yourself enough time to correctly brush your teeth. If you add another one or two more minutes for brushing your teeth in the morning and you turn it into a habit, you will notice how your teeth become cleaner and healthier. Make sure to change your toothbrush often and to choose a brush with soft bristles so that you do not harm your gums, or a brush that is appropriate for your teeth.
2. Cut Down on Sugar
The biggest cause for tooth decays and cavities is sugar. While difficult, it is not impossible to quit or reduce your consumption.
First of all, your mouth is full of healthy and unhealthy bacteria. When the unhealthy bacteria encounters the sugar you consume, the acidity level in your mouth rises. Your tooth enamel is a substance that serves as protection for your teeth. Acids in your mouth remove the minerals from your enamel, making your teeth susceptible to decays. When you consume too much sugar, your mouth becomes acidic. Therefore, your sugar consumption needs to be reduced.
But what to do if you love sweets?
You do not need to take big steps. If you are used to eating a lot of sugar, a sudden change in your diet would likely make you feel the absence of the substance. Thus, it makes you binge later. Just make sure to slowly reduce your sugar intake while adding other sweeteners. A preferred sweetener by many is stevia and it is a herb that is a lot sweeter than sugar and it does not have all the negative effects on your teeth. If you feel like eating something sweet, but you have already had enough, go for some fresh fruits. Make sure to consume them in moderation as well.
3. Chew Herbs
You can add chewing of some herbs to your daily routine. If you are keen on gardening, you are able to even grow some of these herbs at home. If you are not interested in this, you can simply buy them. Here are some herbs that you can consider:
- Neem twigs
Please, make sure you do not have allergies or sensitivity to any of these herbs.
4. An Alternative Recipe for Sick Gums:
Here is a little secret cure for your toothache. If your gums are hurting, you may try one simple homemade recipe. If it does not help for your sick gums, then visit your dentist.
All you need is wild savory and alum. Boil some water, add the raw wild savory plant in it, and let the herb stay in the water for just a few minutes. Put one pinch of alum in the liquid. Wait for it to cool down and gargle the liquid without drinking it. You can use the rest for later use, but preferably make smaller doses of the liquid. It is simple, but very efficient.
5. Simple Teeth Whitener?
There is no way finishing this article without mentioning about how to get whiter teeth. While there are so many ways, this is one of the simplest and easiest ones. A very natural method that you can use daily is adding some baking soda to your toothpaste in the morning. It can help you with removing bad breath faster, reducing some of the bad bacteria in your mouth and cleaning the stains on your teeth. Just do not add too much soda and use sode once or twice a week.
If you have additional and already existing teeth complications that require treatment, please, visit a dentist. This is simply a guide for helping you maintain good oral health and preventing from some of the causes of dental complications.
© 2019 Tery Peta
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 04, 2020:
Great ideas and so useful for dental hygiene. Your tips are most helpful for natural remedies and works well on a daily basis. I have tried a few of your tips and works well.
Tery Peta (author) from Bulgaria on November 11, 2019:
Yes, Chinese people have long history with tea making and using it for different purposes, including oral health. But I am not sure if using tea as mouthwash is more beneficial or harmful. Maybe there are benefits only if you do not use it too much. You can search for what type of tea Chinese people use, it may be a subtype of green or black tea that is not very popular on Western markets.
JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on November 11, 2019:
Sorry. My question was incomplete. I should have asked about brushing or using tea as mouth wash. I knew people in China that did this. Thanks.
Tery Peta (author) from Bulgaria on November 10, 2019:
Hello, thanks for your question. I think that green and black tea both bring benefits to your teeth and health in general. However, these teas include tannic acid, which can stain your teeth. But this should not stop you from drinking them as long as you drink in moderation.
JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on November 09, 2019:
I've heard that green and black tea contain certain acids that help promote oral health. Do you know if there is any truth to that?
Tery Peta (author) from Bulgaria on August 30, 2019:
Your dentist's advice is very helpful. I have only included some tips that have personally helped me and I was not able to cover everything, but there is so much more to be added. Thank you for the useful information.
Liz Westwood from UK on August 30, 2019:
My dentist advised the use of interdental brushes, dental floss and mouthwash in addition to brushing with toothpaste. The use of an electric toothbrush was also recommended.
Tery Peta (author) from Bulgaria on August 28, 2019:
Thank you for your feedback, Lorna. I highly agree with you. I hope you find my advice helpful and you see positive results.
Lorna Lamon on August 28, 2019:
Such an informative article full of great advice. I believe that our oral health will also affect our overall health so it's worth taking the time to brush properly. Thank you for sharing.