I’m sure you have come across some people in your life that have annoyingly perfect teeth and then there’s us average Joe’s who have not been blessed with teeth genes. I’m sure that apart from not having good genes we also don’t have good habits when it comes to maintaining good oral health.
Well today is the day you will read this article and take action because if you don’t, I guarantee you will lose most of your teeth by the time your in your old age.
There is already a lot of information on this website about different types of problems you might encounter and how to treat them but today’s post is about giving you some Actionable advice you can implement right away on How To Improve Your Oral Health.
1. Get A Better Toothbrush
This is not a joke, about 90% of adults don’t change their brush regularly enough and worse yet, they don’t even know how to brush with the right technique.
It is recommended you change your brush every 3 months because they are prone to wear and tear. I personally use an Electric toothbrush. If you are not using an electric toothbrush, you my friend are losing out. You need to get with the times.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with using a normal manual toothbrush but there are 2 main problems I have found out:
Proper Brushing Technique Is Lost
I’m pretty sure your aware of how you are brushing and it isn’t right. Brushing too harshly and using up and down motions will not give you the best clean. And there lies the problem, brushing is something that in today’s busy lifestyle is just another quick thing to do before getting to work or wherever you are rushing to.
There’s usually no thought put into it. You know that improper brushing technique can do more damage to your teeth as you will be chipping away at your enamel too much. Your gums also swell up and start bleeding if they are traumatised by harsh brushing.
The length of time you brush
See this ties in with the first point about the busy rushed lifestyle we are all in. About 90% of us don’t brush for the recommended 2 minutes and that is bad because we are not giving enough time for the toothpaste to work it’s magic I.e dispersing the fluoride evenly throughout the mouth.
Most people brush for less than a minute which can feel like an age when doing something mundane as brushing. Really you need something with a timer or a buzzer which lets you know when the 2 minutes is up.
Going Electric Solves Both These Problems
all electric brushes have a 2 minute built in timer and depending on the model you have, it will either vibrate in your hand or start beeping to let you know time is up. The one I currently use (Oral B) vibrates for 5 seconds letting me know the 2 minutes is up. This means no matter what, you will always get your 2 minutes of thorough cleaning in, even if your in a rush.
Electric toothbrushes especially oral B brushes come with oscillating technology which do all the grunt work for you giving that deep teeth cleaning experience you always desired…
The most common mistake people make is using electric toothbrushes like normal manual brushes, all you need to do is simply place the brush head against each individual tooth for 2-3 seconds and let the sexy oscillation and pulsations do the rest,
YOUR TEETH WILL THANK YOU FOR IT
2. Flossing Makes The World Go Around (In Your Mouth)
I’m like a broken record because 80% of the posts on this website mention something about flossing. This should tell you how critically important this is to having the best teeth possible.
Flossing is when you use a thin piece of silk string to scrape the sides of the teeth in a see-saw motion. This helps disrupt and break up food particles that were lodged in between teeth during your meal. Remember this: if you don’t clean the area which cannot be reached by a toothbrush, you will develop plaque!.
Make sure you floss before you go to bed and straight after a meal, because these are the times when bacterial activity will increase.
3. Use An Alcohol Free Mouthwash
I recommend you try out alternative mouthwashes because they are actually better for your mouth and general health. The alcohol mouthwashes you commonly see in shops and the television screens do more damage because alcohol although kills bacteria, will also cause dry mouth in the process. Some other things to look out for are:
- burning mouth
- softening effects on composite filling materials
- mucosal pain.
There’s Actually Good Bacteria In Our Mouth
The active ingredients within mouthwash may be destroying the probiotic bacteria in your mouth and digestive system. Probiotics are the bacteria that benefit us by helping to digest food. Some even appear to protect our gums and teeth. An example of this is the: Streptococcus salivarius k12
Alcohol mouthwash will kill off all the bacteria in the mouth, whether they are good or bad. You need something that only combats the disease causing bacteria and the one we have found that comes close to this is the Healthy Mouth Blend. Give it a try and see what you think.
4. Chew The Right Kind Of Gum (Xylitol)
By 2009 there had been over 500 publications on Xylitol alone and has been studied for nearly 50 years now. It was first researched in Finland but rapidly expanded all over the globe and now the journals are dominated by non-Finnish researchers.
The reason for this kind of interest is due to early findings that pointed towards xylitol being an effective treatment/inhibitor of dental caries.
xylitol is clinically proven to benefit the mouth by preventing cavities and reducing the onset of gum disease. It is globally accepted as a natural sweetener and approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry.
It is recommended you get at least 6 grams of xyltiol per day so depending on where you get yours from it might be 8 or 9 pieces per day. That is quite a lot to get in 1 day but we have found an online retailer which contains 1 gram per gum piece making it the highest concentration of any xylitol based gum. The company is called Epic Dental.
5. Last But Most Important (Nutrition)
This is something that everybody needs to pay attention to. Diet and nutrition is the number 1 reason you develop cavities and oral health problems. I see kids as young as 3 developing cavities because their parents or guardians did not feed them the healthy foods required for a healthy mind, body and teeth.
Carbonated drinks are one of the worst offenders, One study even likened it to taking illegal drugs such as crack cocaine.
The main premise of soda drinks is that they taste good. What you can do is flavor your water by adding your favourite slices of fruit to it, lemons, oranges, cucumbers, anything that takes your fancy really.
Green tea and dark coffee are other substitutes that are much more easy on your teeth but be careful not to overdo it as they will stain your teeth overtime.
What Should I Be Eating?
Your teeth can remineralize and repair naturally by modifying your diet. Today is the day you need to change your eating habits and in 2-5 years time you will thank us for it. Here is a guideline on what you should be incorporating into your diet if you want to keep your teeth healthy forever:
- No sugar
- No grains
- No nuts
- 1 piece of fruit a day (once the cavity has healed then you can eat more)
- 1-2 tsp Cod liver oil
- 2-3 tsp high vitamin butter oil
- Encapsulated liver pills
- Vitamin D
- Camu powder (vitamin c)
- Mineral drops
- 1-2 cups Bone broth
- 1-2 cups Raw 100% grass fed milk
- 1-2 tbsp Grass-fed butter
- 2+ tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 5-6 cell salts 4x per day
Vegetables, high quality proteins and healthy fats should make up the bulk of your meal times and when combined with everything else on the list, you will be seeing results in as little as 1 months time. (Note: this diet is geared towards healing cavities).
So there you have it folks, the basic things you need to be implementing right away to help achieve a good level of oral health. Brushing teeth with an Electric toothbrush has been proven to be better than manual toothbrushes so invest in one today.
Flossing is important if you want to keep plaque off of your teeth, without it you will never have decent teeth. Investing in a good mouthwash is another protective barrier that keeps teeth mineralized for a longer period, but make sure you avoid Alcohol based mouth rinses. They do more damage than good.
The final point is about nutrition, this is the number 1 factor teeth being in a bad state. Years of junk food and acidic drinks can do tremendous amount of damage and only a balanced diet containing certain minerals and vitamins can heal the teeth again.
We have given you some outlines above as to what sort of foods you need to be consuming and hopefully soon we will be creating a full in depth article about how these foods help teeth heal naturally.
Any questions or if you want to add to the list please leave a comment below and we can have a friendly discussion.