Keeping your mouth healthy requires much more than regular brushing. In fact, your dietary choices and other oral care techniques can make or break your oral health. If maintaining a beautiful smile is one of your priorities, these three techniques will help you keep your teeth, gums, and mouth as healthy as possible.
What Does a Healthy Mouth Look Like?
A healthy mouth can be identified by certain characteristics. The first is gums that are pink, firm, and flush with your teeth. Strong teeth, including those that have been restored, are also necessary for a healthy mouth. In addition to healthy gums and strong teeth, you should have pleasant- or at least neutral- breath.
Delicious Foods to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
A great deal of your oral health is also determined by the foods you eat! It’s obvious that sugary treats and fried foods don’t do any favors to your body or mouth, but there are certain foods that actively keep your teeth and gums protected.
For example, dairy products and almonds are rich in calcium, while pumpkin seeds, eggs, and tofu are rich in phosphorus. These nutrients are the building blocks of enamel so they will contribute to the strength and resilience of your teeth. Celery, apples, cucumbers, and carrots, meanwhile, are water-rich foods that stimulate the production of saliva as you chew. Since saliva is largely responsible for clearing bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth, this is critical!
There are so many other foods that will positively contribute to a healthy mouth! Yogurt and kombucha offer probiotics with healthy bacteria, fruits and beans are rich in antioxidants to fight periodontal disease, and peppers, broccoli, and strawberries are loaded with vitamin C to reduce inflammation.
Beyond the Toothbrush
Flossing, tongue-scraping, and oil pulling are excellent techniques that keep your gums healthy by removing damaging bacteria and plaque. Most people don’t realize just how much bacteria accumulates between the teeth and on the tongue that brushing cannot remove. Flossing and tongue-scraping attack all of that bacteria and prevent it from accumulating. Oil pulling is a unique holistic technique that is done by swirling coconut oil around the mouth for 15 minutes. This pulls all toxins out of the mouth and creates a whiter smile.
Since a healthy mouth supports a strong quality of life, making small changes can lead to significant results. For help and support protecting your mouth, call (813) 570-6887 to make an appointment at Citrus Endodontics in Tampa, Florida