Oral Health Care

No More Cavities

Oral Health CareI could still hear my mom’s voice echoing “Brush your teeth before you go to bed” as I covered my head with my blanket.

This was when I was still growing. Now that I’m all grown up, I still hear the echoes of her voice because she did an excellent job impacting this value into me.

Like me, you’re probably tired of hearing “ it’s good to brush your teeth twice a day

OR

You’ll lose all your teeth if you don’t brush daily“.Oral Health Care

I know, I know it’s Cliche. While all these are true, but that’s not what I want to talk about today.

What I want to talk about today is oral health care.

The following paragraphs will explain 10 oral healthcare tips everyone should know about.

1) Change your brushes every 3-4 months.

Oral Health CareHave you ever noticed an accumulated white substance at the bottom of the bristles of your toothbrush? YES, that’s part of the toothpaste, saliva, and bacteria that have all accumulated.

That’s a clear signal that it’s time to change your brush.

Sometimes, the bristles of your toothbrush start to bend (especially if you’re the type who likes to chew toothbrushes).

Your toothbrush is SCREAMING FOR HELP; PLEASE CHANGE IT.

The toothbrush I use is the Oral B rechargeable toothbrush together with its replacement heads.

2) Store your toothbrushes the right way.Oral Health Care

When you have finished brushing your mouth, what do you do? Toss your brush at the sink or in a drawer?

The right way is to place the brush in an upright position allowing for maximum water drainage.

Although some bathrooms have built-in toothbrush stands, others like mine don’t.

The Eva Toothbrush Holder is the one I use.

3) Do not share your toothbrush.

Oral Health CareMany people already know this, but they think that the rule doesn’t apply to their loved ones.

They are like “If we can share saliva when kissing, then I can share my toothbrush”.

THIS IS VERY WRONG as the sharing of toothbrushes can transfer bacteria from one person’s mouth to another.

Always have a couple of extra toothbrushes for changing as well as for your visitors.

4) Don’t forget to brush your tongue.Oral Health Care

People often forget the tongue when it comes to brushing the mouth.

It’s quite unfortunate that they aren’t aware that not brushing the teeth can lead to halitosis (bad breath).

Although most toothbrushes have tongue scrapers, others don’t.

Even if your toothbrush doesn’t have a tongue scraper, use the bristles of your brush to scrub your tongue.

And the best for this action is the Oral B rechargeable toothbrush, already spoken about above.

5) Floss your teeth.

Oral Health CareFlossing is essential as it gets rid of plaque build-up in between the teeth; particularly in areas where your toothbrushes can’t reach.

Flossing diminishes the possibility of you getting cavities and gum disease.

Ideally, Flossing should be done after every meal, but the American Dental Association recommends that Flossing should be done at least 1 time per day.

What are you waiting for? Go grab your Oral-B Floss Picks NOW.

6) Gargle with Apple Cider Vinegar.Oral Health Care

Apple Cider Vinegar has many uses such as helping in weight loss, teeth whitening and getting rid of bad breath.

Gargling with apple cider vinegar also aids in proper digestion.

I drink water every morning before I eat. On some occasions, I add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink to kick start my metabolism.

If I don’t want to drink it, I just gargle apple cider vinegar solution for 2-3 minutes, swish, then pour it out before I eat my breakfast.

Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar is my favorite.

7) Chew bacteria-killing tablets.

Oral Health CareSometimes I chew bacteria-killing tablets on days, that I’ve eaten foods with a strong smell like onions.

Other times, I chew these tablets when I don’t have a floss around. I just pop one into my mouth, chew, swish, swallow, and it refreshes my whole mouth.

The Listerine Chewable Mint Flavor tablet kills bad breath germs and helps prevent tartar buildup.

What excites me about these chewable tablets is that it’s sugar-free, alcohol-free and lasts for up to 4 hours, unlike chewing gum.

8) Make use of an antibacterial rinse.Oral Health Care

Philips Sonicare antibacterial rinse is an alcohol-free mouthwash which gets rid of plaque that leads to gingivitis

It is advice able to rinse your mouth daily with this mouthwash at least once a day (preferably at night)

So as to kill all the bacteria that must have been sitting in your teeth the whole day.

Plus, the way it makes your mouth fresh is something TO DIE FOR; not literally of course 🙂

9) Go to the Dentist for Checkup.

Oral Health CareGoing to the dentist is something which most of us neglect till we start feeling some pain in our teeth.

But it shouldn’t be this way as you should visit the dentist once every 6 months.

Schedule an appointment and try as much as possible not to miss it.

I bet you, YOUR TEETH WILL THANK YOU.

10) Take Probiotics to boost the overall health of your mouth and teeth.Oral Health Care

Many toothpaste and mouthwashes strip good bacteria from your mouth as they get rid of bacteria.

Probiotics replenish these good bacteria which helps to break down food consumed thereby increasing digestion.

Probiotics freshen your breath and strengthen your Sinuses, Ear, Nose, and Throat.

The Probiotics I recommend is Pro-Dental. It is vegan and sugar-free.

Pro-Dental is not only good for your mouth, but it is also good for your gut.

HELP! I CAN’T STOP SMILING BECAUSE MY MOUTH AND TEETH ARE HEALTHY.

Oral health care is very important as bad oral health can lead to many digestive problems.

Digestion begins from the mouth. A healthy mouth will break down unhealthy food, but an unhealthy mouth will cause severe digestive problems as unhealthy bacteria from your mouth is being introduced into your digestive system.

Therefore, oral health care is a priority if you want to avoid falling sick from issues coming from your gut.

Are there any other tips to maintain the health of your mouth and teeth? Please let us know in the comments below.

20 thoughts on “Oral Health Care

  1. So many great ideas for oral health. I’ve read so much about apple cider vinegar, and here’s another use for it. It’s like magic, that stuff, lol. Unreal. My Dad had terrible teeth growing up and I thought of him in your first paragraph. He was always telling us to brush, and in fact, he brushed all of our teeth at bedtime until we were like 10 years old just to make sure. Ha ha. Great article!

  2. Hi Pearl! I had no idea that there was anything like bacteria killing tablets, so exciting! Are those safe for kids to use as well?
    Also, I LOVE the gliders, they are so much easier for my kids to use than regular floss. Plus, I don’t feel like they are as dirty as sticking my fingers into my mouth to floss. Thank you, I always enjoy reading your posts as I learn so much!

    1. Hi Elizabeth, How old are your kids?
      The bacteria-killing tablets will be safe only for kids who can chew, swish, and swallow.
      If kids cannot do any of the above, then I wouldn’t advise you to give it to them.
      I love the gliders as you do; they’re fantastic.
      Thanks for reading my posts.
      It’s people like you who motivate me to continue producing content.
      If you want me to write on a specific topic, don’t hesitate.
      I welcome all recommendations.

  3. Great article Pearl, thanks!!

    Thankfully I do most of these things, though not the gargling with apple cider vinegar. That stuff has so many useful applications, lol.

    I would consider the probiotics, but the last time I tried, it didn’t agree with me. Everything went right through me. Do you happen to know why this would happen? Would your product be different?

    Cheers,
    Suzanne

    1. Hey, Suzanne.
      Went right through you?
      I have never heard of that before.
      I do extensive research before I recommend a product to someone.
      I cannot recommend something I wouldn’t use.
      You can satisfy your curiosity by checking out this link yourself.

  4. Pearl, for whatever reason your article made me smile. Your first paragraph had me.

    You also had me on how often to change your toothbrush. I am so bad. It’s time to take a trip to the store.

    I’m good at storing my brush the right way. However, I don’t think I ever heard of gargling with apple cider vinegar. I drink it (ugh!), but I must try gargling with it.

    Number 7 is something I never heard of as well. I must look into it.

    1. My first paragraph made you smile because I’m sure your mom was probably telling you to brush your mouth every night like my mom did.
      Many people tend to forget to change their brushes; I know it can be easy to miss in the midst of your busy schedule 🙂
      It depends on what you’re using Apple Cider Vinegar for. You can drink it for weight loss as well as you can gargle a solution of it for teeth whitening or breath freshening.
      Many people have never heard of #7, The Bateria-Killing Tablets.
      These tablets are like breath mints, but they have an added advantage as they kill bacteria in your mouth.
      All you need to do is pop one in your mouth, chew, swish, swallow, and YOU’RE GOOD TO GO.

  5. Hello Pearl,
    Great tips. I did not know about those chew-tablets. I will have to check them out because it might be a better option for my pearly whites. I also did not know about using ACV as a mouthwash. I know ACV is indeed very versatile when it comes to health, it just scored one more time in my books.
    Thnx for all these tips and tricks and keep smiling!
    Michelle

  6. This is a great article, I think so many people really underestimate the importance of oral health! The apple cider vinegar was a new one on me though, can I ask if there are any side effects e.g. indigestion with it?

  7. Hey Pearl! I love Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar! I bought it to help with acid reflux but I use it in everything…even my homemade dressings:) When you say you gargle with a cider solution in the morning is that the same solution you normally drink in the morning or do you go add more vinegar than that for your mouthwash? I know that stuff is strong and will knock you on your tail! lol

    1. lol, Jennifer… you have said it all.
      Apple cider Vinegar is too strong, so it needs to be diluted.
      Yes, the solution you drink in the morning is the same you will use for your mouthwash.
      That is Mixing 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 6 ounces of water (1/4 cup of water).

  8. Hi Pearl, a very informative article, you really know all about oral hygiene 🙂
    I’m intrigued by the Oral-B Glide Floss Picks, I really like the idea and it seems a much easier way to reach the back teeth when flossing, I’ll be giving them a try. I’m curious now to know if my dental practice sells them and if not, why not!
    Thanx for the great advice, Jo 🙂

  9. Hi Pearl,
    Thank you for a great reminder that I have to buy a new toothbrush! 🙂
    I completely agree that it is more than important to take a good care of whole mouth area. Cavity, bad breath, sore gums are just a natural reminder that our mouth needs more care. Great work with your post!

    All the Best,
    Ivan

  10. Wow, great information! I had not heard of the necessity of brushing the tongue, but it does make sense. I also didn’t know that apple cider vinegar helps with the mouth. I have some in my bathroom, and I can certainly start gargling with it. I did not know it was good for teeth whitening. Thanks for the great info!

    1. Forgetting to brush the tongue is the primary reason people are experiencing bad breath.
      Not brushing the tongue is the same as washing the outer part of your car and leaving the inside dirty.
      Good to know you have apple cider Vinegar in your bathroom. That even makes it easy to start using immediately 🙂

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