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A Woman’s Guide to Keeping Her Teeth Healthy

A Woman's Guide to Keeping Her Teeth Healthy
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A woman’s oral health can be affected by hormone fluctuations. During puberty, some women may experience swollen and tender gums due to an increase in sex hormones. Women between 20 and 45 may be at risk of gingivitis.

Pregnant women have a high chance of gum inflammation due to an increase in hormone levels.  So it seems in every stage of a woman’s life there are different oral issues they have to deal with.  It’s therefore vital you know how to keep your teeth healthy. Here is a guide on what you should do.

Brush Twice a Day

You have heard about this a couple of times already. One of the first things you have to do is brush daily. Use gentle strokes and brush for two minutes.

Brush when you wake up in the morning and before going to bed. Make sure you use the right toothbrush. And don’t forget to brush your tongue, it is a breeding ground for bacteria.

Floss Once a Day

You have brushed your teeth but you still notice some food lodged in between your teeth. That’s where floss comes in handy. A floss has been made to get in between teeth to remove the tiny food particles that your brush cannot remove.

If you notice gum bleeding when flossing, don’t be alarmed. It is a normal occurrence and will stop when you floss regularly. However, consult a doctor if the bleeding persists.

Use a Mouthwash

A fresh breath goes a long way in boosting your self-confidence. The last thing you would want is for your family and friends to be covering their noses whenever you talk. It’s not a pretty sight. So in addition to flossing and brushing, add a mouthwash into your oral hygiene routine.  There are various mouthwash products in the market to suit different oral problems so choose wisely.

Reduce Your Intake of Sugary Foods

If you have a sweet tooth, there is bad news for you. You’ll have to give up all those sugary treats you always crave. Your teeth will thank you for it.

Sugar is the number one cause of tooth cavities. When you consume sugary foods and don’t brush the sugar is deposited in your tooth enamel and it begins working its way deeper. A toothache is not something you want to have. So reduce that sugar.

Eat a Healthy Diet

You may be wondering how eating healthy affects your teeth. Well, certain foods are good for your teeth such as apples, carrots, celery, and watermelon. A healthy diet is not only good for your teeth but your overall health as well. You can also add vitamins and mineral-rich food to your diet to make your teeth stronger. Your diet should contain vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

It is advisable to go for dental visits twice a year. Once at your dentist, ask questions you have about your oral hygiene. You can use your insurance for the routine checkup and cleaning. Have reminders so that you don’t forget about the checkups. The dentist will take action when they notice any issues with your teeth.

With good oral hygiene practices, you’ll be well on your way to healthy teeth and that brighter smile.  Create a routine that you will follow daily to have strong teeth.

Published by: Martin De Juan

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