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Preventive dental visits twice a year are the gold standard for anyone who cares about their dental health. However, an unhealthy diet, chronic diseases, stress and other negative factors that fill our life often make us visit dentists much more often.

What can be done to ensure that such forced visits are as few as possible? How to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful? There are many tips to answer these questions, and in this article, we'll look at six simple habits to help you visit your dentist less often.

 

1. Drink water or unsweetened drinks after consuming sweets.

 

After consuming chocolate or other sweets, make sure to drink water or any unsweetened drink. It will wash away the remaining sugar from the teeth, levelling its harmful effects on them.

Everyone knows that the presence of sugar in the mouth contributes to the growth of bacteria and the development of caries. However, many people love sweets.

How to neutralise the negative effects of sugar on teeth? The answer to this question is often baffling, but it is extremely simple. Make it a habit to wash down sweets with plain water or unsweetened tea, coffee, or other sugar-free drink.

By doing this, you simply wash away the sweet taste in your mouth, leaving less food for pathogenic bacteria. As a result, they will not be as aggressive to your teeth.

 

2. Rinse your mouth after starchy foods.

 

A favourable environment for the development of bacteria in the mouth is created not only after eating sweets. The bacteria, which are always present in the oral cavity, are capable of converting not only sugar but also starch into acid. That is why teenagers who love chips often get acquainted with caries early and become frequent guests of the dentist.

How can you avoid the harmful effects of starchy foods? The answer is very simple - rinse your mouth after eating, or at least use chewing gum.

 

3. Give up diets

 

Food should be complete and contain proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals necessary for the body, such as calcium, which is needed for dental health. Internet diets for weight loss limit the number of nutrients and vitamins. Long-term mono-diets are harmful for this very reason. It is better to stick to a healthy diet that includes fresh vegetables and fruits, protein products, and fibre.

Australian nutritionists recommend reducing carbohydrate intake. They contain a lot of sugars, which are a breeding ground for bacteria and promote tooth decay. The same applies to sweets: the less you eat, the lower your risk of tooth decay is.

 

4. Drink water throughout the day.

 

Professional dentists from Penrith recommend this simple and accessible habit. Water will wash away a lot of bacteria, and you can appreciate its benefits in the form of such a pleasant bonus as less frequent visits to the dentist. How does water work against tooth decay?

In addition to washing away the bacteria when drinking, the neutral liquid stabilises the environment in the oral cavity and the teeth are less exposed to acids. Another favourable moment for the health of teeth is that a sufficient saturation of the body with water contributes to more active production of saliva. As a result, the mouth will be washed with this useful liquid, which contains such a natural antiseptic as lysosome.

 

5. Eat with a knife and fork.

 

Unfortunately, such findings as a small bone in meat accidentally left and unnoticed in time, and a pebble in a confection, a splinter from a nutshell, cherry or apricot kernel, are not uncommon. They often cause a piece of a tooth to break off, or even significant destruction.

You can reduce the risk of collision with such dangerous "surprises" with a knife or fork. Such a habit is not only a sign of knowledge of manners. It is comfortable and contributes to the safety of the teeth.

 

6. Food and drinks should only be at an acceptable temperature.

 

It's good if you no longer like food that is too hot or too cold - you will not need to acquire a new habit and re-educate yourself. Any change in the usual temperature affects the enamel of the teeth extremely destructively and micro cracks are formed on it, through which the bacteria causing caries penetrate. And it is especially detrimental to cause a sharp temperature drop from low to high (for example, such a jump occurs when you eat ice cream with hot coffee). In addition, after eating hot food, you cannot immediately brush your teeth and let the temperature stabilise for 10-15 minutes.

 

Conclusion

Dental health is an integral part of overall human health. According to the World Health Organisation, 20% of the causes of various diseases are hereditary factors, 25% are environmental conditions and 55% are lifestyle and habits. We cannot change heredity and the environment, but everyone can make changes in our lifestyle. 

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