Your oral health routine should always
include brushing your tongue with your toothbrush or using a tongue scraper,
which you can find in the dental products aisle at the drugstore. That’s
important because foods can get stuck in the grooves of your tongue, causing
bacteria to grow. Otheroral health problems that can develop if you don't clean your tongue are a bad taste
in your mouth, staining on your tongue, and bad breath, Abayon says.
Have you heard that you
should only take care of the teeth you want to keep? It's true!
That's why at any stage of
life, it's important to practice good oral hygiene at home and to visit your
general dentist regularly. Starting early is critical to success in preserving
a healthy smile for a lifetime.
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You already know that in
order to avoid cavities and more serious dental problems, you have to take good
care of your teeth. But consistent brushing and flossing habits do more than
just protect your oral health — they also help keep a host of other serious
conditions at bay. Heart disease and stroke, for instance, have both been
linked to poor dental hygiene.
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all been told to avoid red wine, dark berries, and black coffee in our quests
for pearly whites, but what about foods that actually brighten your smile? Try
these natural solutions for a brilliant beam. | By Julia Marino
They may be bright red, but malic acid, a chief component of this summery
fruit, acts as a natural astringent to remove surface tooth discoloration, says
Dr. Irwin Smigel, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics.
Fresh, juicy strawberries taste great in any meal—salads, desserts, cereal—and
are widely available at farmers markets this time of year, so getting your
daily dose is both simple and delicious.
Apples The loud crunch you hear when you bite
into this hard fruit may be annoying, but it's also good for your choppers.
Apples' crispiness strengthens gums, and their high water content increases
saliva production, dispersing and neutralizing colonies of bacteria that lead
to bad breath and plaque, says Smigel.
Water Drink lots of water to keep your mouth hydrated and
your smile bright, advises Smigel, who recommends sipping and swishing between
glasses of wine and when eating dark, pigmented foods to prevent staining.
However, while water reduces the acidity in your mouth and the resulting damage
to your enamel, Dr. Smigel warns against imbibing too much sparkling water,
which has greater potential to erode enamel and harm teeth.