When was the last time you flossed? Although it may seem as if flossing is just an added task in the list of things to do to take care of your oral health, it bears as much importance as brushing regularly. If you are one of those who skips flossing, then you must also be guilty of missing out on dental check-ups. Many people take their oral health for granted thinking that brushing alone can keep their mouth healthy. Although you may cover the basics of dental health care, did you know that there are other ways you can keep your teeth and gums healthy?
Here are some of the practical ways you should incorporate into your dental health care routine. These steps will help you keep your natural teeth healthy and strong for as long as you live:
Tip 1: Sleep Helps Keep the Teeth Healthy
Nearly 35% of most people all over the world get less than the recommended hours of sleep in a day. Some get less than seven hours of sleep because they have a lot of things on their plate that they need to do. And then there are those who suffer from insomnia that they find it difficult to put themselves to sleep at night. Did you know that lack of sleep help the growth of bacteria in the mouth? Dry mouth and teeth grinding that usually happens to those who lack sleep makes the mouth the perfect place for bacteria to thrive. If you are having sleeping problems, it is best to consult your doctor and see your dentist seek help as well.
Tip 2: Drinking Water Helps Keep the Bacteria from Growing
Sparkling water isn’t a very popular option for people. In fact, there are a lot of people who would instead drink flavored water, fruit juice or soda to pair up with their meals. These flavored drinks contain acid and sugar that could cause the tooth enamel to be slowly damaged. Instead, increase your water intake. Choose to drink pure water to keep your teeth and gums healthy and keep your body adequately hydrated as well. Drink less of those colored liquids like coffee, tea or fruit juice because they can contribute to tooth decay, not to mention tooth staining as well.
Tip 3: Regular Exercise Helps Keep the Teeth Healthy Too
Whether it is a thirty-minute walk in the park or an hour spent in the gym, doing any form of exercise helps reduce the risk of developing periodontal diseases. To benefit, it is best to do it regularly. Not only will it give you a fit and toned body, but it can also ensure that you don’t suffer from oral health problems. Exercise encourages proper blood circulation reducing the growth of bacteria in the mouth that causes unwanted damages to the teeth and gums.
When was the last time you went out for a walk? Enjoy the view and lose weight while keeping your teeth and gums all healthy and good.