Protecting Your Smile: Tips to Help Prevent Cavities

Cavities, also known as tooth decay, isn’t something to brush off or laugh at. This serious dental problem can lead to a wide array of health complications, as well as the loss of your teeth. The following tips will help you protect your smile by preventing cavities and improving your oral health.

Brush those Teeth
Brushing your teeth is a no-brainer when it comes to preventing cavities. However, most people don’t know the best way to brush to keep cavities away. Most experts recommend brushing twice a day, at the very least, but you should always aim for brushing after any meal. You should also brush for 3 minutes, and always make sure to brush before bed. This will get rid of the bacteria that can damage your teeth if allowed to linger overnight.

Get the Proper Tools
Far too often, people spend an abundance of money on fancy toothbrushes that work just as well or even worse than the more affordable options. Dental experts typically recommend choosing a standard brush that features soft bristles. This allows for an extended brushing time, and when you can brush for longer, you are more likely to do a better job. You should also replace your brush no later than every 3 months.

Along with the proper toothbrush, you should have some floss in your oral hygiene arsenal. Daily flossing is needed to prevent the cavities that form between your teeth. The bristles are your toothbrush cannot always reach between your teeth to remove food particles and bacteria. This is where floss comes in handy. Not only does it get those hard-to-reach areas, but it can also help prevent gum disease.

Sugar is the Enemy
Sugar is a major cause of cavities so it’s only natural for experts to recommend avoiding foods and beverages filled with sugar. While not consuming sugary foods is easier said than done, there are things you can do to help reduce the affect sugar has on your oral health. If you must consume sugar, do so at the end of your meal when your mouth is already filled with saliva, which will help wash the debris off your teeth. You should also brush or, at the very least, rinse your mouth out with water after consuming sugary items.

Conclusion
Implementing the above preventive measures will go a long way to keeping cavities at bay. Once a cavity begins to form, you will have a harder time treating it then if you simply took the steps to prevent it. Click here for more information about oral hygiene and how it can have a direct impact on every other aspect of your health.

7 Basic Health Goals

I have heard it said that if you want something to get done, you need to put it in writing. In another words, include it in your list of things to get done or your priorities for the day (week, month, year).

I have recently checked my weight and I do not plan to add some more pounds. This is not just for aesthetic purposes but it is also ensure I stay healthy and fit. Hence I am writing here some of my basic health goals for the year. You might find it useful as well.

Reduce rice meals to only twice a day. As I am Asian, it is our practise to eat rice three times a day. I have begun reducing this to 2 times a day. For my one other meal I eat fruit or oats.

Make the effort to walk and move around whenever possible. Health experts say that one of our foremost health enemies now is a sedentary lifestyle. Proof? We are seated in front of our work/computers most hours of the day! My own personal solution to this is to see to it that I get up from my seat several times in a day. Whenever possible, I get off from my ride before reaching my actual destination and walk the rest of the way. As I have mentioned in one of my earlier post, I also do some dance moves at home 🙂

Get enough sleep. This is really basic to staying healthy. We need to give enough hours for our body, our minds to rest.

Remember to eat vegetables and fruits. We need more fiber in our body which these provide along, of course, with the nutrients they offer.

Less salt and less sugar intake. By this I mean, being intentional in limiting taking foods with lost of sugar or salt. The key is moderation.

Do things that refresh and relax. Life should not be all work. We need to take time to also do things that gives us joy as well as things that are not part of our regular routine. This helps us get a fresher perspective of life and it also helps ignite creativity. For me this can mean listening to music, watching a movie, playing a game, reading a book, travelling and writing poetry.

Take care of the spiritual center. I believe that central in my life is my relationship with God, that He has a call for me in this life. I need to always be reminded of this and make sure that I take time to pray, read the Bible and be involved in blessing other people. This may be written last here but it is definitely not the least.

So these are on my basic health goal list. What about you? I hope you continue to stay fit and healthy in your own corner of the world 🙂