Want pearly white teeth that give a special glow to your smile? Obviously, you’ll say. Who doesn’t? Well, for that you have to work a little extra and be a little more cautious. The sooner you start taking care of your teeth, the better it will be. “The care of teeth should begin right from the time when an infant gets his/her first tooth. At that time, the mother should brush an infant’s teeth twice a day,” says Dr Gurpreet Singh, Dental Cure Clinic, Noida.
Here are some tips for pearly white healthy teeth:
1) Take care of your gums: Teeth are lodged in gums and healthy gums are a precursor to healthy teeth. Keep you gums clean and massage regularly. Flossing and rinsing helps keep bacteria away from gums. And while brushing your teeth, brush the gums too, though very lightly.
2) Get a good tooth brush: With neither too hard bristles, nor too soft. And change your tooth brush every two months, earlier if you notice that bristles have got spoilt. You may go for sonic toothbrushes as these make it easier for you to get rid of the bacteria in your mouth.
3) Stay away from artificial sugars: Instead go for natural sugars like those present in fruits. White breads, candies, baked goods and juices all contain artificial sugars that have the potential to help bacteria grow. And if you don’t brush soon after consuming these things, your teeth will sure develop cavities. Apples, oranges and other fruits contain fructose which the bacteria cannot use.
4) Restrict lime, lemon, dried fruits, diet soda, candies and potato chips: Candies are loaded with sugar, dried fruits stick to your teeth, diet soda contains phosphoric acid, lime and lemon contain high amount of acid and potato chips can get trapped in between your teeth. All these things will result in tooth decay.
5) Maintain general body health: The saliva in your mouth re-mineralises the teeth and removes quite an amount of bacteria clinging on the surface of teeth. So keep you body healthy, if you want to keep your teeth healthy. Certain metabolic conditions like diabetes put you at a risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
“In addition, adults must reduce the intake of tea and colas as these stain the teeth, while children between 5 and 12 years of age can be given sealants so that cavities do not develop. Apart from all these precautions, you must also visit your dentist at least once in six months for a check-up,” says Dr Singh.