Dental plaque is one of the biggest enemies of your mouth. This eats away at the enamel as plaque builds up on your teeth, causing cavities and decay. Moreover, plaque bacteria can cause bad breath and make your teeth yellow. Below are some helpful tips for keeping your mouth clean and the your mouth’s amount of bacteria.
Brush And Floss Daily
It usually takes 12 to 24 hours for enough plaque buildup to support bacteria. By brushing and flossing at least once a day, you can remove most of this buildup, with twice a year dental cleanings to remove hard to reach plaque you may have missed. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen enamel against high acid. And wait a half hour to an hour after eating before brushing to give saliva time to reduce the acid level in your mouth.
Cut Back On Sugary Foods
The more sugar and other carbohydrates they feast on, the more they produce acid. The best approach is to cut out sugar-rich snacks altogether and instead snack on fresh fruits, raw vegetables or dairy products. Limit sweet treats to meal times.
Get A Tongue Scrapper
Tongue scrappers help reduce the bacterial load in the mouth and freshen the breath. Food breaks down quickly when eating and some of the particles may hang around for a long time to produce a foul smell in the mouth. Some of them harbor lethal bacteria that can cause harmful effects to your dental health. Before you visit a dentist, invest in scrapper to get rid of food deposits in the tongue.
Drink Lots Of Water
You need to drink plenty of water to get rid of bacteria in the mouth. Water tends to make its way through the smallest crevices and gaps between the teeth. These are places where a tooth brush cannot reach, and the only way you can access them is by water. It is advisable to drink water and squash it in your mouth for some minutes.
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