Here are the Top 5 Tips to keep your teeth and gums in good shape.
1. Use a straw when drinking acidic beverages – soft drinks, fruit juice and the like. Have you tried beer through a straw? This ensures that the liquid bypasses your teeth and goes straight down your throat. Never drink, swish it around your mouth before you swallow it. It is not mouthwash!
2. Never wear your dentures at night – this can often lead to denture thrush. An oral fungal infection called denture stomatitis. Your gums need some time to ‘air out’ and breathe just like your feet need to be free from socks and shoes.
3. Never use toothpaste on your denture – this is particularly damaging to the denture acrylic and scrubs it all away. Instead, use normal fragrance free laundry soap. Yes, sunlight soap is the best.
4. Do your gums bleed when brushing? For a lot of people, yes is the answer. If this is the case, it means that you quite likely have gingivitis. You need to not only brush your teeth, but more importantly, brush your gums. Angle your tooth brush into the gum line and jiggle it, feel the bristles massaging your gums. Do this for a week and the bleeding will go away.
. Bad breath? Brush your tongue, a lot of the bugs that cause halitosis (bad breath) lives on the tongue surface. Try it, if you don’t gag first…
Remember to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a check up as prevention is always better than cure!