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Dental hygiene: Beyond brushing and flossing – 5 surprising tips for a healthier smile

Dental hygiene: Beyond brushing and flossing – 5 surprising tips for a healthier smile

Here are 5 surprising tips for a healthier smile beyond brushing and flossing:

  • Use a tongue scraper. Your tongue is a breeding ground for bacteria, which can contribute to bad breath and tooth decay. Using a tongue scraper once or twice a day immediately after brushing to remove bacteria and plaque can help improve your oral health.
  • Rinse your mouth with oil. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that involves swishing oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes to remove toxins and bacteria. Some people find that oil pulling helps to improve their oral health, including reducing plaque and bad breath.
  • Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables. Crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples, carrots, and celery, can help to clean your teeth and gums as you eat them. They are also a good source of vitamins and minerals that are essential for good oral health.
  • Drink green tea. Green tea contains catechins, which are compounds that have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking green tea regularly can help to improve your oral health and reduce your risk of gum disease. Which leads to healthier smile.
  • Drink Through a Straw. Using a straw when drinking acidic or sugary drinks can help reduce the amount of time the drinks spend on your teeth, which can help prevent enamel erosion and cavities.

Following these tips can help you to achieve and maintain a healthier smile. However, it is still important to brush and floss your teeth twice a day and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.

Here is a bonus surprising tip:

Stay Hydrated. Drinking plenty of water helps maintain saliva production, which is crucial for oral health. Saliva helps cleanse the mouth and neutralize acids.

I hope these tips help you to achieve a healthier smile!