According to the WHO (World Health Organization), oral diseases are the most common NCDs (noncommunicable diseases). They affect people throughout their lifetime, causing discomfort, disfigurement, pain and even death. A study has also found out that dental cavities and oral diseases, in general, affect half of the world’s population. Tooth decay and gum problems not only cause pain and discomfort but if left untreated can lead to speech problems, malnutrition, low confidence and other problems that will affect one’s work and personal life.
Billions of people around the world are affected by oral diseases that can easily be prevented through regular brushing and flossing. Let’s not be part of that statistic and start practicing good oral hygiene. Check out some of these tips that will help you have healthier teeth.
Minimize Sugar And Starch
You have got to cut down on your sugar and starch intake. Sugar, as we already know, is one of the main culprits that cause tooth decay. The WHO recommends limiting our sugar intake to below 10% but studies have shown that limiting it down to 5% would significantly reduce the risk of cavities. Starch also contributes to the development of cavities. Starchy foods linger longer in our mouths which then break down into simple sugars which bacteria feed on and cause tooth decay. Cutting down on your sugar and starch intake would not only make your teeth healthier, but it is also good for your overall health.
Hands down, water is the best drink if you want healthier teeth. It is recommended that you drink water after every meal. This will help in washing down sticky, acidic and sugary food debris stuck in between your teeth. It’s abundant, accessible and healthy. Drink up!
Consider using mouthwash to complement your brushing and flossing habits. Mouthwash containing an antibacterial ingredient called chlorhexidine is highly recommended as it can help control plaque and gingivitis.
Eat Crunchy Fruits And Vegetables
TV dinners and microwaveable meals may be convenient but they do not provide any benefits to your teeth. These types of meals are bound to be soft and mushy and do not get your teeth working. Go for crunchy and fresh fruits and vegetables. Not only are they a good source of fiber but they can also help in removing stuck food debris in between your teeth. So instead of having cake for dessert, go for a crunchy and juicy apple.