Toothbrush Tips: What You Don’t Know About Cleaning

September 28, 2017

A number of health problems can arise when we don’t properly care for our teeth, including gum disease, infection, bone and tooth loss, stroke, heart disease, and more. Though you may be a pro at brushing and flossing, there might be more you can do to improve the look and feel of your teeth and entire body. Here are a few things you may not know are helpful for oral health:

● Calcium and Vitamins

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Calcium and vitamins can be beneficial to teeth, bones, and the body in general. Drinking milk and orange juice can be good for young people, and many of us can benefit by adding yogurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy products to our diet. If you cannot access all these foods, calcium and vitamin supplements might be an option (after you’ve consulted with your doctor).

Vitamin D is great for strong bones and maintaining healthy teeth. Minerals like copper, zinc, iodine, iron, and potassium help, and Vitamin B is assists in gum fortification.

● Clean Your Tongue

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Brushing your teeth and flossing are normal parts of oral hygiene, but many of us neglect another necessity – the tongue. An unclean tongue can lead to bad breath or halitosis. Use a tongue scraper tool or simply swipe the brush along it from back to front to remove bacteria.

● Avoid Sugar

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Sugary foods that stay on teeth become acidic and cause damage. High levels of sugar and alcohol can majorly contribute to tooth decay. While sodas, alcohol, and coffee contain phosphorus (which is normally good for your teeth) too much of it can deplete calcium. These drinks may also have corn syrup and colouring that discolour your pearly whites, so consume them in moderation.

● Use Mouthwash

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Mouthwash with chlorine dioxide is useful because it can kill bacteria, maintain fresh smelling breath, and help teeth. Don’t rely on it to do all the work; brushing, flossing, and proper diet are more important than “swishing.” Mouthwash is simply the finishing touch for healthy gums and teeth.

If you want to keep your mouth and teeth feeling and looking great, take extra care beyond mere tooth brushing. For professional dental services, call Simcoe Smile Dental at (905) 728-2321.

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