Beyond regular brushing, there are a number of other good habits − including flossing, coconut oil and using a mouth guard −that you can easily adopt for healthier teeth.
Floss before bed
It will help you in the long run. Your toothbrush cannot reach certain places, especially those between your teeth, but flossing can. Imagine going to the dentist to get an inaccessible cavity filled.
Try not to rinse your mouth after brushing and leaving a coating of toothpaste in the mouth. Toothpaste is medicine for healthier teeth, so why would you rinse it off with water?
Skip the mouth wash
For the same reason, don’t use a mouthwash after brushing; you’re basically defeating the whole purpose of brushing by washing away the toothpaste. Try using a non-alcoholic mouthwash during office hours after lunch. Alcoholic mouthwashes are good only if you are actively undergoing orthodontic therapy or treatment.
Coconut oil on your gums
Try massaging your gums with organic coconut oil. If gums are the muscles for your teeth, oil is the healthy lubricant that strengthens the foundation of the gums.
Go to the dentist
Just do it. At least every six months.
Use a mouth guard
Use mouth guards while exercising or doing any form of physical sport. People tend to clench their teeth while working out, thereby putting tension and stress on their jaw muscles.
Be wary of dental DIY
At all costs avoid buying dental products online unless your dentist has recommended it. Stay away from online whitening or orthodontic products and especially cheap aligners. The last thing you want to do is take matters into your own hands. There is a reason why dentists have to spend years in dental school – it’s so they can learn how to protect/restore your teeth.
Make sure your toothpaste is fluoridated. Fluoride is medicine for teeth. Just as healthy food and water is fuel for the body, fluoride is fuel for your teeth.
Straightening isn’t just for looks
Apart from the aesthetic implication, crooked teeth make brushing or practicing oral hygiene a lot more difficult. The toothbrush doesn’t get to the places it needs to, thereby increasing the chances of tooth decay and severe discoloration.
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Dr Amit Asudani is an orthodontist and Invisalign specialist who works at Oval Dental Clinic in Dubai.