Natural Dental Health - Simple Steps for a Healthy Smile
12 August 2021 | Admin
Dental health is an important part of our daily lives. We brush and floss, but what else can we do to maintain good dental health? Good dental health is important for two reasons: it looks better and tastes better. Here we discuss how you can improve your oral hygiene with natural eco dental solutions that won't cost a lot of money.
Drink plenty of water daily to keep your mouth hydrated and healthy
It can be hard remembering to drink plenty of water so here are some tips to help you keep your hydration levels up!
- Drink plenty of water daily to keep your mouth hydrated and healthy
- Keep a glass in the bedroom, kitchen, living room, and bathroom so you don't have to walk too far for a drink. A reusable water bottle is ideal to keep your water fresh and cold without the fear of spilling.
- Add natural fruit to your water for extra flavour.
- Put slices of cucumbers or strawberries in it for added taste
- Use ice cubes made from filtered water instead of tap water
- Keep an eye on how much you're drinking throughout the day by using a cup with measurements on it like 8 oz or 16 oz (ounces)
Limit sugar intake as it can lead to tooth decay and cavities
Sugar is a leading cause of tooth decay and cavities. Sugary drinks like soda, sports drinks, fruit juice, and energy drinks are the worst offenders. Limit sugar intake in general - try cutting back on sugary snacks or sweets or replacing them with sugar-free alternatives. Water on its own is the best thing to drink. If you have to eat candy or chocolate, choose healthier options like dark chocolate bars or hard candies without added sugars.
Use a straw when drinking sugary drinks that are not water for prolonged periods because sugar left on your teeth can lead to plaque formation which will eventually result in tooth decay.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles for sensitive gums
Soft bristles are gentle on sensitive gums and children should only ever use soft or extra-soft bristles. A toothbrush with soft bristles is less likely to cause gum recession. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Whilst using an electric toothbrush to get the best clean possible, however, they are not a great environmental option. If you are using an electric toothbrush look for ones with recyclable heads.
Replace Unhealthy Snacks with healthy ones.
Eat crunchy food such as apples, carrots, celery sticks, or nuts instead of chewing on ice cubes or hard candies which can harm your teeth over time.
You should try eating more crunchy food instead of sweets because doing so will protect your teeth from any harm that could come from chewing on hard candies for too long. Replace Unhealthy Snacks with healthy ones to reduce the risk of cavities and tooth decay, such as apples, carrots, celery sticks or nuts.
Use natural toothpaste with baking soda or peroxide for whitening
For some people, the thought of using natural toothpaste with baking soda or peroxide for whitening their teeth is horrifying. They’ve been told that these products are too abrasive and will erode their enamel over time. That couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, by using baking soda or peroxide as your toothpaste ingredient instead of harsh chemicals like fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate found in many commercial brands, you can actually strengthen your teeth. These ingredients provide added minerals to help remineralize cavities and protect against acid erosion that could weaken the enamel on your teeth.
In addition to this benefit, there are other advantages to using natural toothpaste with baking soda or peroxide.
Some people complain that the taste of baking soda or peroxide can be unpleasant, but again, this is not true! These ingredients are naturally found in many food items and beverages – think about your favourite sparkling water drink with natural flavours like lemon or orange!
Another common complaint is that teeth might become sensitive after using these products, but this is also not true for most people. In fact, many kinds of toothpaste with baking soda or peroxide have a cooling effect that will help to alleviate any sensitivity you might experience and promote healthy gum tissue.
Finally, both ingredients are very effective at removing plaque buildup on the teeth without damaging your enamel as well as preventing bad breath.
Use natural mouthwash for bad breath or gum disease prevention
The key to dental hygiene is in keeping your mouth healthy from the inside. The best way to maintain a healthy mouth is with natural mouthwash and gum disease prevention. For bad breath, use a homemade solution of baking soda dissolved in water and gargle. It can be taken slowly, but it will work to keep your breath fresh. For gum disease prevention, also known as periodontitis, floss teeth at least once a day. Replace old toothbrushes every two or three months for maximum effectiveness on oral health. Clean chewing surfaces: brush tongues daily with a walnut-sized amount of natural toothpaste or coconut oil, and chew sugarless gum only after eating or drinking sweet foods because they can cause decay.
Get regular dental checkups
It's important to get regular dental appointments because the checkups allow your dentist to find any cavities that are forming and fix them before they become a problem. Dental examinations also monitor your child's progress, such as whether their teeth are coming in straight or if they need braces. Not only can tooth decay lead to pain, it can also lead to other serious problems like heart and kidney disease.
Visit the dentist if you have any tooth pain, bleeding, or sensitivity to hot and cold food/drinks straight away!
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