Keep Your Smile Healthy with these Simple Tips
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With our busy, modern lifestyles, it can be hard to make time for looking after ourselves. Work, family and other commitments can take over, leaving you stressed, run-down and at worst, unwell. Here, we take a look at some simple, quick ways that you can look after your oral health and make sure that you get through the winter months without getting a tooth infection or a cavity.

Cut Down on Phytic Acid

Foods containing higher concentrations of phytic acid include sesame seed flour, almonds, soybeans, Brazil nuts, corn, peanuts, wheat, oats and brown rice. Cutting down on these foods may help to improve your oral health and to heal cavities.

Brush Thoroughly

Brushing twice a day is key to keeping both your teeth and gums healthy. However, you must ensure that you brush for two minutes in order to get the full benefit of brushing. Research shows that on average a person will only brush for 45 seconds.

 Limit Foods with High Acid Content

Fruit juices contain more acid than other foods and as such should be drunk in moderation. Excessive consumption of acidic foods can wear away tooth enamel, a substance which cannot be replaced.

Visit the Dentist and Hygienist

Make sure that you pay regular visits to the dentist for a check up and to the hygienists for a scale and polish. Doing so means that a professional monitors your oral health and also nips any problems in the bud.

 Eat Foods High in Calcium

Calcium helps to prevent teeth decay, so choose milk, yogurt and cheese to keep your teeth healthy. Alternatively, broccoli, canned fish with bones and bok choy are all great sources of calcium.

Chew Gum after Eating

Chewing gum stimulates the production of saliva, which naturally protects our teeth by neutralising the plaque acid caused when bacteria in our mouths meet the sugar in our food.

Brush with Lemon Juice and Baking Soda

Creating a paste of lemon juice and baking soda and applying it to your teeth for one minute before brushing off is a simple way to brighten your smile. It should only be carried out for a maximum of one minute once a week in order to protect your tooth enamel.

Choose a Toothbrush with a Tongue Scraper

Oral hygiene is not just about keeping your teeth and gums healthy. It is important to use a toothbrush with a tongue scraper, as removing the bacteria which produce sulphur from your tongue helps to keep your breath fresh.

 Rinse with Mouthwash

Choosing a mouthwash which fights decay and prevents plaque from building up is a vital step in keeping your mouth healthy. Ask your dentist which would be most suitable for you.

Hopefully, you will find that your smile and oral health improve greatly if you follow these simple tips!