The mouth is the gateway of your body for all food hence good oral care is essential for your overall health. Good oral hygiene can also help you in gaining confidence and self-esteem. Poor oral hygiene can result in dental and gum issues. We should not only pay attention to bright teeth but also healthy and strong gums.

There are some common ways to maintain your dental health by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. Here are few tips for better oral health

Brushing style changes

Most oral diseases are the result of aggressive or wrong brushing styles. Brush the teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gums.

Brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day (mostly after a meal). Replace the toothbrush every three months or sooner. Press gently and move the toothbrush in short strokes.

You should clean the insides of your teeth by turning the brush vertically.

Flossing between the teeth

Many people brush regularly but still neglect to floss. It not only clears food particles between the teeth but also helps in stimulating the gums and reducing plaque formation. Flossing once a day is good enough.

Tongue cleaning

After every brushing, you should also clean your tongue by using a tongue cleaner. It helps in avoiding bad mouth odor and other oral diseases.

Rinse mouth and mouth wash

You should rinse your mouth with water after each snack to remove the food particles from your teeth.

Mount wash helps to reduce the acid in the mouth, cleans hard-to-brush areas in and around the gums, and re-mineralizes the teeth. Mouthwashes are useful for children and older people because their ability to brush and floss may not be ideal. You can also use mouthwash before going to bed.

Oral Supplement for help

If you are getting the early symptoms of gum decay then you can also include supplements that target tooth and gum issues. You can read about supplements at

Diet Change

  • We should include high fiber vegetables and fruits into our diet because these help in cleaning the mouth.
  • We should consume Calcium-rich dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese to help in saliva production and strong teeth bones. Other sources of calcium include are tofu, almonds, and green leafy vegetables.
  • Vitamin-C-rich foods increase gum health. Some of the sources include tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, potatoes, spinach, and citrus fruits like oranges, lemon.
  • Phosphorus-rich foods like eggs, fish, lean meat, dairy, nuts, and beans are good for strong teeth.
  • Green tea reduces mouth bacteria.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks that contain phosphoric, citric acids, and sugar.
  • You should avoid consuming alcohol because it can dry out the mouth
  • Avoid sticky foods like candies and sweets because they stay in the mouth for a while
  • Avoid starchy foods like pasta that can become stuck in the teeth.
  • Avoid smoking.

Generally, you should do teeth cleaning and checkup by a dentist once every 3 to 6 months. In case you see any oral disease symptoms then you must visit a dentist immediately. A healthy oral routine and a good diet can help in preventing oral health problems.