When the new year rings in a lot of us start thinking about small ways to change our routine for the better. When planning for a healthier year in 2021 there are many lifestyle changes we can make such as upping our skincare regime; exercising; and eating a leaner diet. One thing that is often forgotten about or taken for granted is our oral health. Our teeth are an important part of the body and it is important for us to look after them throughout our lives.
Today I want to talk about some simple ways to keep your pearly whites, well, pearly white. Use these simple oral health tips this year and make a positive change to your oral health in 2021.
Brush for as long as a song.
When brushing your teeth you may have heard that you should brush for at least 2 minutes. If you want an easy way to ensure that you brush your teeth for long enough every morning and evening; play a song. Most songs run for around 3-4 minutes and by brushing your teeth along to a great song the time will fly by. Choose a different song that you love each day and your teeth will thank you for the attention!
Use medicated mouthwash.
One of the risks of not investing in our oral health can be one of the many diseases we can suffer. From oral thrush to gum disease and gingivitis – there are many oral problems we can face if we don’t look after our teeth. Using an Oral thrush treatment, medicated mouthwash or a natural remedy for your teeth is a great idea and will keep your mouth happy and hygienic. Corsodyl is a great option for a medicated mouthwash and it will prevent gum disease as well as other issues. I use this one a few times a week to keep my mouth in tip-top shape (although try not to use all the time as the harshness can cause mouth blisters as I found! – ouch!)
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Flossing your teeth is not an optional part of your oral health routine. It is all too often that we forget to floss our teeth and not doing this can result in many health issues such as gum disease, tartar build up, and bad breath. It is important to floss your teeth once a day and get rid of any bits of food or plaque stuck between your teeth. Flossing only takes 20-30 seconds and the difference it will make to your oral health is amazing.
The 30 minute rule
Knowing more about your teeth is important in order to keep them healthy; and to protect your enamel you must be aware of this next rule. The 30 minute rule states that you should never brush your teeth within 30 minutes of eating or drinking. If you do brush your teeth within this time you run the risk of scrubbing off the enamel of your teeth. The reason for this is that when you eat or drink, the top layer of your teeth becomes soft and porous, and this also makes it vulnerable to your toothbrush. By waiting at least 30 minutes after ingesting food or drink, you’ll give your enamel chance to re-harden and it will stay safe.
Don’t forget the tongue
It is important when looking after your oral health that you don’t forget to clean your tongue. Our tongue is the most powerful muscle in the body and it is also the reason we can taste our food. The tongue has thousands of tiny taste buds converting its surface and these all allow us to taste the sweet, salty, and savour aspects of our favourite foods. If you don’t brush your tongue food can build up between your tastebuds and you can suffer from swollen taste buds and ulcers. Be sure to brush your tongue after your teeth every morning and evening to keep it happy.
Use banana for whitening
When you are looking to improve your oral health routine, one thing you’ll want to do is whiten your teeth. In our day to day lives our teeth come into contact with lots of staining foods such as red wine, coffee, tea and tomato. If you don’t use a whitening toothpaste or a whitening treatment, your teeth will turn more and more yellow over the years. To bring back those pearly whites with a simple hack of banana peel. Banana peel is full of potassium to keep teeth strong as well as other minerals that whiten your teeth naturally. Peel a banana and rub the inside of the peel over your teeth for a few minutes. Leave the flesh on your teeth for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. Do this once a day and after a week you’ll see a huge difference in your teeth. This is something I’ve just learnt about and am
Avoid tobacco and reduce sugar intake
It’s important for us to consider our food and drink when looking after our teeth, and one thing you can absolutely do without is tobacco. Chewing tobacco or cigarettes are both full of toxic chemicals and are staining – and reducing or cutting out this in your life is a great idea. Consider your health as well as your teeth this year and say goodbye to tobacco for good. Another thing you should think about reducing to look after your oral health is sugar. Sugar is the enemy of happy teeth. If you ate a lot of sugar when you were a child you may have had to have a filling or two; and this is because excess sugar intake causes cavities in our teeth and it can rot the root of our tooth. If you feel like you eat a little too much sugar in your diet, consider reducing your sugar intake for an improvement. For example, switch from juice to water in the morning; have coffee without added sugar; and avoid fizzy drinks if you can. Reducing sugar intake will do a lot for your health in general and it could make you a healthier and happier person overall. I’ve cut all additional sugary drinks from my diet now and try and only drink water and it’s massively helped me teeth – although I do still eat far too many sweets for anyone’s liking!
In a year (or two – *sad face emoji*) where even routine dentist appointments are being cancelled left, right and centre make sure you’re still looking after your teeth as much as you can!