Fresh breath, clean teeth and strong teeth. Don't we all want that? We tell you what you can do outside of your mouth for brushing, flossing and healthy eating and what effect this has on the rest of your body.
The mouth as a mirror of your health
Good oral health not only gives you a good feeling but also a radiant smile. And yes, your body also shines, at least figuratively. Your mouth offers a glimpse inside you. Scientific research shows that with a healthy mouth you can reduce many other complaints and inconveniences. This way you get blisters (mouth ulcers) in your mouth faster with poor resistance. For children you think the gums look unhealthier because of the flu and colds. In other words: your mouth shows how your general health is doing.
The new definition of oral health
At the end of 2016, it was decided at the World Dental Congress what the new definition of oral health should be. This includes "the ability to speak, laugh, smell, taste, touch, chew, and express emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and craniofacial diseases." It goes even further with 'oral health reflects the physiological, psychological and social characteristics that are essential for the quality of life.'
In short, it means that with a fresh smile you also have a better life. That makes it extra important to take good care of your teeth.
Tips for good oral health
How do you ensure a healthy mouth? We actually know brushing, flossing, raging and not having too many eating moments in a day. Nevertheless, we list these, together with other tips, for ease of use. Can you check all the points or is there still room for improvement?
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes.
- Clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner (good for a fresher breath).
- Clean the space between teeth and molars daily with a toothpick, dental floss or brush.
- Preferably drink water when you are thirsty. Soft drinks, fruit juice, lemonade and all drinks with a taste affect your tooth enamel.
- Brush electrically – this is more effective than a manual toothbrush – or, if you don't have that option, learn to brush your manual toothbrush very effectively.
- Wait for a while to brush after eating or drinking acidic beverages.
- Eat / drink up to seven times a day. This way your teeth get the chance to recover in between and this reduces the chance of cavities.
- Visit the dentist or dental hygienist for mouth problems such as stubborn blisters / mouth ulcers or bleeding gums. Always let me know if you are taking medication, as this can affect your mouth and any treatments.
- Chew on sugar-free chewing gum; this stimulates the production of saliva and saliva has a neutralizing effect.
- Visit the dentist and the dental hygienist regularly for a check-up. Every six months is often sufficient, more often only if your teeth are in poorer health.
Recognize the signals
When are there mouth problems?
You often only notice when it is too late that something is wrong in your mouth. This is the case, for example, if you have a hole. Prevention is of course better than cure. Therefore make sure you recognize the first signals.
- Sensitive tooth (s) – there may be a starting hole or other starting tooth problems.
- Discoloration – if plaque builds up on your teeth it can cause discolouration. You can have the dental hygienist remove this so that no holes are created.
- Blisters / mouth ulcers – watch your resistance. Do you get enough vitamins? Do you brush often (and well) enough?
If you visit the dentist and the dental hygienist every six months, they can also indicate where your points of interest are. You know exactly what you should pay extra attention to when caring for your mouth.
Young learned …
Children learn from their parents. Do you set a good example by going to the dentist regularly? Take your children from an early age so they know how important you too are oral health. A sweet dentist involves your child (ren) with every visit and shows how well brushing works. Make every visit something to look forward to; it is something very valuable that your children give with this.