Children’s teeth are been destroyed by drinks. Do you know that two in three drinks taken by primary school children are bad for their teeth, and that water accounts for only a quarter of liquids drunk by five to nine-year-olds, while plain milk makes up only 10 percent? ‘Diet’ fizzy drinks make up 30 percent of overall consumption.
The Chief executive of an Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, said: “It’s important that people know that diet drinks can still be damaging to the teeth.
“Some of the ingredients used in producing many of them, such as phosphoric acid, citric acid and tartaric acid, can be damaging and lead to dental erosion.”
Oral hygiene is important for our overall health, as tooth decay has been linked to heart disease. With a lot of conflicting bits of advice on the internet, it can be difficult to know how best to care for your teeth.
Dr Richard Marques, a Celebrity dentist, known as ‘The King of Smiles’, has shared his best tips for a stunning smile.
The first question is – what water temperature should you brush with?
While cold water may be the usual and general temperature of choice, Dr Marques recommends that if you suffer from sensitivity, you may do better with warm.
The dentist said: “Cold is the normal type of water to use when brushing your teeth as it has that refreshing and clarifying feeling, although warm water can be good if you have sensitive teeth.”
Dr Marques also added that very hot water should be avoided.
He said: “Very hot water can damage the bristles of your toothbrush in the long term, as well as the added risk of burning your mouth.”
Warm water lessens our teeth’s sensitivity to the standard cold temperatures. Very hot water could damage brushes over time and runs the risk of mouth burns.
To keep your smile stunning and dazzling, below are top tips for caring for your teeth:
1. Use an electric toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are the most effective way of cleaning your teeth and stop you brushing too hard.
2. Brush twice a day
Brush every morning and just before bed for at least two minutes. Stop after three minutes to prevent wearing the teeth away.
3. Clean between the teeth
Use interdental brushes or floss at least once a day to prevent a build-up of plaque between the teeth.
4. Use a manual brush right
Electric is best, but if you use a manual brush, place it at 45-degree angle towards the gum and use small circular motions that cover all exposed areas.
5. Apply the right pressure
Brushing too vigorously can wear down the enamel, but too gently will fail to remove plaque.
6. Brush through bleeding gums
Bleeding gums may be off-putting, but they will eventually become less inflamed and healthier.
7. Swish around a mouthwash
Use a nonalcoholic fluoride-containing mouthwash after every brush. Avoid rinsing with water as this washes toothpaste away.
8. Rinse with coconut oil
This helps to remove plaque and bacteria from between the teeth.
9. Be careful with whitening kinds of toothpaste
Opt for natural ingredients such as calcium carbonate and silica.
10. Get friendly with your dentist
Make sure to have a check-up every six months to remove the damage you cannot undo yourself.
Flash information: The University of Illinois discovered licking five sugar-free mints daily could repair damage to the teeth. As well as refreshing the breath, the mints may protect teeth between brushes.