ORAL HEALTH How to have healthy teeth for life

Do you want to prevent the passage of time from causing stained teeth, tooth decay and even tooth decay? These tips will help you protect your teeth daily, from home and without great effort, to keep a bright and shiny smile for longer. They are simple and easy to implement care to keep your teeth healthy.

There are many reasons to take care of your teeth and your mouth, and not only have to do with the aesthetic question. Teeth fulfill several important functions for your body: not only are they useful for biting the food we eat, but also, during chewing, enzymes and lubricants are secreted that facilitate digestion. In other words, the mouth is one of the first steps in the digestive process. Go figure! If you did not have teeth, you could only follow a liquid diet or crushed food.

And that is not the only function of the mouth, it is also fundamental to speak well and, therefore, to communicate and make you understand. In that case, it is the tongue that allows you to form words with the help of lips and teeth.

As in other parts of the body, different health problems can occur in different structures: in the gums (such as gingivitis ), in the teeth (such as caries ) and in the mouth in general. Disorders such as blisters, inflammations, infections or loss of teeth, among others. To prevent or avoid these situations and to maintain a healthy mouth, you should follow some simple care regularly:

With a toothpaste or toothpaste with fluoride , brush your teeth every day, at least twice a day : after breakfast and before bedtime; and if you can, ideally also, after each meal and to take sweet snacks.
Give each tooth wash at least two minutes and do not leave any outside. It is important that you brush all your teeth and on all of their faces (front, top and back).
It is also recommended that you brush your tongue , to keep your breath fresh.
Do not brush your gums. The brush is too rough for this delicate skin. Better massage them with a gum or rubber gum stimulator or with your thumb (well washed!)
Make sure to use a soft bristle brush and change it every three months . It can be electric or manual .
Use thread or floss at least once a day.
Ask your dentist if you need to use an antibacterial mouthwash.
Limit the sugary foods you eat , especially between meals.
If you practice a contact sport, use appropriate protective equipment to protect your face while you play.
If you are taking medications, ask your dentist if they have side effects that can damage your teeth and, if so, what you can do about it.
Do not smoke or chew tobacco. This can not only stain your teeth and give you bad breath but also, worse, cause cancer.
Look inside your mouth frequently to see if you have sores that do not heal , irritation of the gums or other changes.
Visit the dentist regularly , at least once a year, for check-ups and cleanings.
Remember that maintaining a routine of good care of the mouth and teeth helps you to prevent the appearance of cavities (stings), the loss of teeth, pain in the gums or other problems in the future, as well as to maintain a pleasant breath and a beautiful smile. And if you have a problem with your teeth or are concerned about something related to your mouth, visit your dentist as soon as possible to avoid complications.

Caring for your mouth is the best way to have healthy teeth for a lifetime.