Oral Hygiene

These days, dental hygiene has become something of a lost art. With all the hustle and bustle people have in their everyday lives, proper teeth maintenance often goes by the wayside. Luckily for you, the following article contains some great tips and tricks as to how you can get healthy, bright looking teeth in no time.

As for mouthwash, avoid the ones that contain alcoholas they tend to dry the mouth and you need saliva to help break down your food and kill off harmful bacteria. Remember that you are what you eat, and so are your teeth. Your teeth will become discoloured from things like smoking and red wine so these are either to be avoided or you will need to brush your teeth after each time.

It is important to brush your teeth and floss twice a day, but do not hesitate to brush more than twice if you need to, for instance, when snacking or if you have just had something sweet and sugary. Also it's a good idea to change your toothbrush regularly, ideally every couple of months, otherwise bacteria tend to build up inside the bristles, totally defeating the purpose.  Anything used in your mouth longer than this is risky.

For those who have constant bad breath, you need to consider changing your diet as some foods can cause this and also it can be a sign of overall poor health. Another possibility is that any prescribed medication you are on can cause this so ask your doctor if your medication might be causing this. If it is, then you might need to switch medications if possible. If it isn't, your dentist might have some good dry mouth solutions. You should make a point of brushing your teeth twice a day and after meals, remembering to floss after you have brushed your teeth and use a good quality toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.

Try to avoid eating sticky and sugary foods if you can. Foods like caramel and toffee can stick to the surface of your teeth. This can be very damaging to your teeth so you need to get rid of what is still adhering to your teeth quickly by brushing.  Overall the best thing is just don't eat  these kinds of foods.Avoid hot drinks if you are susceptible to inflammation of the gums as they will just irritate them more - better to have cool drinks.

Unfortunately, even though they are healthy for the rest of you, foods like oranges are bad for your teeth. They are so acidic that they actually damage the enamel coating of your teeth so it's advisable to brush after eating oranges or drinking highly acidic orange juice.