Maintaining Good Dental Hygiene

One of the most beautiful accessories to adorn your face is a smile. Though there are ways of professionally improving the state of your teeth, it is up to you to take care of them on a day to day basis. There are proper habits you can adopt that will contribute to healthy teeth. Another way is consuming a balanced meal full of nutrients to nourish them.

Regular brushing of teethWe’ve been taught the merits of brushing since we were young. This is a habit that we take on to adulthood as well. Teeth should be brushed after we wake up and before we go to sleep. You can brush again in the afternoon after a heavy meal. There are a few things you should remember while brushing. That is, the bristles of the toothbrush should be at an angle of 45 degrees near the gum line. They should be in contact with the teeth and gums. You should take care to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

Regular flossingFlossing will help remove food particles that are hard to reach with the toothbrush. You can floss once a day, ideally when you go to bed at night. You should take care when brushing and flossing if you’re wearing braces. You can consult a braces specialist to learn how to take care of braces or retainers.

Avoiding tobacco and limiting soda, coffee and alcoholTobacco will result in bad odour and discoloured yellow teeth. If you’re a frequent user, you can get the help of tea, candy or coffee to mask the bad breath. But coffee and also soda and alcohol contain phosphorous. Phosphorous can help to maintain healthy teeth. But overconsumption of the mentioned beverages can cause the levels of phosphorous to rise. This will deplete the level of calcium in the body leading to tooth decay and gum disease. You can go for healthier alternatives such as milk and tea.

Visiting the dentist regularlyYou should maintain frequent visits to a dental clinic in Singapore at least twice a year. This is important particularly if you’re wearing dentures, braces or retainers. Sometimes the oral tissue might become inflamed due to such measures and you will need an expert opinion on how to care for them.

Consume calcium and vitaminsCalcium is important for teeth and bone growth. Some foods that contain calcium are milk, broccoli, yoghurt, fortified orange juice, cheese and other dairy products. Calcium supplements are another option. Phosphorous is also needed for strong and healthy enamel. You can get your phosphorous requirement through fish, meat and eggs. Vitamin B, copper, iron, zinc, potassium, iodine and vitamin D will contribute to healthy teeth as well.