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We all know that good oral hygiene is important for keeping your teeth healthy. However, oral hygiene is about more than fighting cavities. Research has shown that there is a strong correlation between oral health and overall health, not to mention that tooth and gum problems can have serious effects on self-confidence.
So how do you keep your teeth healthy?
Brushing twice a day is one of the most important steps you can take to remove bacteria and plaque and keep your mouth healthy.
Brush your teeth with small, circular movements. Take your time on each tooth and make sure to brush the back and top as well as the front. A thorough brushing should take no less than 2 minutes. Do not brush with back and forth or sawing motion, and take care not to brush too hard. Aggressive brushing can cause harm to gums and tooth enamel, leading to gum erosion and tooth sensitivity.
Flossing helps remove bacteria and plaque from between your teeth since your toothbrush can’t reach these spots. As a bonus, flossing helps prevent bad breath because it gets rid of food and other debris that can get trapped between teeth and start to rot.
Floss gently, moving the floss all the way up (or down) to the gumline while hugging the side of the tooth. Don’t snap the floss up and down as that can hurt and isn’t as effective at removing plaque.
Watch What You Eat
The foods you eat have a huge impact on tooth health as they can contribute to tooth decay when combined with the existing bacteria in your mouth.
Try to include calcium-rich foods in your diet, like cheese, milk, or yogurt, as calcium helps maintain the bones around your teeth. Avoid sweets and candies like baked goods, soft candies, and chocolate bars. If you do indulge, make sure to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth afterward. Also, if you must chew gum, try and stick to sugar-free brands.
Go to the Dentist
It's absolutely vital to see a dentist at least twice a year. Even the most dutiful brushers and candy-avoiders can still get cavities or other tooth issues. Visiting your dentist can not only help you stay on top of plaque buildup and cavities but can also help you prevent or treat other dental issues before they get worse.
Use toothpaste with activated charcoal for healthy teeth. Activated charcoal has negative ionic charges that bond with plaque, bacteria, and tartar to naturally remove stains and help keep your mouth at a healthy pH balance.
Try using Terra & Co’s Brilliant Black Organic Charcoal Toothpaste, as it’s is made with activated charcoal as well as coconut, peppermint, and tea tree oils to help keep your mouth healthy and your smile shining.