Last summer we posted an article about how athletes have an increased chance of developing periodontal disease simply because of dry mouth! So I’m please to share today’s article by guest blogger, Joel Cordle, with tips on how to keep your mouth healthy and fresh!
In summer our bags are always filled with sunscreens, band aids, face washes, face napkins but seldom do we keep something for our oral health. Oral hygiene is extremely important because we may offend someone with our bad breath (you’ve experienced someone with bad breath – how did you like it?), plus cavities are not only painful but expensive to fix!
Here are some of the ways which will help you improve your oral health:
- Stay hydrated with water: Summer time means plenty of coke and soda. But when you have water with you, you do not really need these harmful beverages as they not only add up those extra inches but also contain acids which gradually destroy your tooth enamel.
- Fill your plate with fresh fruit and vegetables: Nothing beats eating healthy in the summer. Broccoli and spinach are vegetables filled with folic acid which means they are extremely beneficial for your teeth. Also, consuming spinach has an extra advantage. It is full of calcium and makes your bones and teeth strong.
- Chewing Gum: Chewing gum helps you to produce more saliva in your mouth. Saliva makes sure that your mouth is balanced. Chewing gum contains xylitol which further helps in the balance of your mouth. Since xylitol cannot be turned into an acid by the oral bacteria, it does your mouth a favor by maintaining a perfect balance between alkaline and acid.
- Get a Mouth guard: The more activities related to sports we are involved in, the more our mouth is prone to getting injured. To avoid injury, we need a mouth guard. According to a survey, 40 percent of sport injuries happen around the head and face. Get your dentist to make you a mouth guard customised according to your needs. This will not only help you to avoid tooth loss and other kind of oral trauma buy you will be able to avoid other kinds of oral traumas too.
- Swimming: The water in a pool contains chlorine which has a high chance if damaging the enamel of your teeth. If you are a swimmer and spend a lot of time in the pool, your teeth may get permanently stained due to the over chlorinated water. Harsh chemicals that come in contact with your teeth cause the latter’s eventual breakdown. Try to avoid pool water containing high amounts of chloride because they contain acid dangerous to your oral health.
- Visit a dentist: It doesn’t matter if you have perfect teeth or not, you should make it a habit to visit your dentist every six months to check if your gums and enamel are absolutely fine or not. Also, if you have crooked teeth don’t be complacent. Visit an orthodontist and get it treated immediately. You will most probably be given braces to wear on your teeth. This is the most common treatment with regards to orthodontics.
About the Author
Joel Cordle is person who loves reading and writing different blogs on health and beauty. He writes on fitness tips, skincare, teeth whitening etc. He is a good advisor and he keeps suggesting people about how one can stay healthy. He likes to use natural things instead of artificial one.
Do you have any tips to add to this list?