Keeping our teeth clean and healthy may not be at the forefront of everyone’s minds, but the older you get the more you realise why looking after your teeth is critical. As we get older, so do our teeth. Think about what you put them through each day, each week, each month, each year. Good oral hygiene and even a good diet can keep your teeth in your condition.
Problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, tooth wear, dry mouth and tooth sensitivity can all come from lack of care for your teeth, and as you may know, there is nothing worse than on-going tooth ache!
So what can you do to keep your teeth healthy?
Proper nutrition is necessary for healthy teeth and gums. Eating a well-balanced diet gives gum tissues and teeth the important nutrients and minerals needed to stay strong and resist infections. Soft, sticky foods tend to remain on the grooves and between teeth.
Milk is a great source of calcium, and water is kind to your teeth. Avoid sugary drinks, or acidic drinks that will break down your enamel – if you are going to drink these then think about having them with a meal rather than on their own.
The age-old rule of cleaning your teeth in the morning, after you have slept, and then again at night before you go to bed. This way your teeth are clean and your breath smells fresh in the morning and at night you are cleaning all the plaque off your teeth from the food and drinks you have consumed over the course of the day.
There are always finicky bits of food that gets missed by a toothbrush, not matter how long or thorough you brush for. To get these bits, that usually fall into the small gaps between your teeth you should think about flossing. Not only will flossing remove the debris but it will also help your breath smell fresher as its essentially clearing away food that will start to smell in your mouth,