8 ORAL HYGIENE COMMANDMENTS
Oral hygiene is a major asset in determining how well you come off in front of other people. If people can smell you more than they can hear you when you speak, you’re going to have a bad time. And a good set of pearly whites will take you a long way at the office and in your personal relations. Here are 8 things that will help keep your oral orifice in check:
1. Drop that butt: Smoking is a nasty habit, and it’s as good for your teeth as a big red brick. Lighting up will turn the enamel in your teeth a repulsive shade of yellow, possibly cause oral cancer and shave about 14 years off your expected life span. Just more reason to quit the habit.
2. Cut Down on the Sodas: Sugary sodas and carbonated drinks aren’t healthy in many ways, and they have a terrible effect on your teeth too. In addition to cavity-causing sugar, the acidic nature can erode a tooth’s enamel. And they show up on the weighing scales too, that is if you can still see the scale past your protruding belly.
3. Eat These: The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus. Firm crunchy fruits and vegetables have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid).
- Don’t Brush Straight After Eating: Brushing right after you eat might seem like a good idea, but you’re wrong. Brushing without waiting at least 30 minutes after eating can deplete layers of precious enamel from your teeth.
- Avoid getting punched in the face: A fist flying at your face can do a lot of damage to your teeth. You can avoid this danger by:
- Mind your own business
- Don’t get into fights you can’t win
4. Clean that Tongue: We might not be able to do much about a foul speaking mouth, but we can definitely do something about that stench. Have bad breath? Give your tongue a scrub while you brush, because bacteria buildup might be the reason behind the stink lines coming from your mouth.
5. Change your toothbrush regularly: As a rule of thumb, try to get a new toothbrush every three months. If you have gum disease, you should change your toothbrush every 4 – 6 weeks because bacteria can harbor in the bristles. You should always rinse your toothbrush out with hot water after every use and change it after you have been sick.
6. Visit your Dentist: Pay a visit to your dentist at least once a year. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentists, you’ll probably be surprised at what they have to say; and not the good kind of surprised. But the good thing is, they can fix almost anything.
7. Floss at least three to four times a week: It might not be immediately apparent, but flossing is not about removing food particles from your teeth but getting rid of plaque. Plaque is responsible for cavities, gingivitis and a major culprit in the eventual loss of teeth, so it’s a good idea to get rid of it.
8. Brush your teeth: Brush ‘em, twice a day, without fail. It is by far the best thing you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy.