We have been told that our mouths are one of the dirtiest places in our bodies. The thought that all sorts of microorganisms live in the mouth – good and bad ones together – can make you feel very uncomfortable. Harmful bacteria feed on the food debris – sugar, starch, etc – left on our tooth surfaces, in between teeth and even under the gum line to cause plaque, eventually. Plaque is acidic and can boar into tooth enamel to cause cavities and decay and some serious gum disease.
Fortunately, we know the answer, but it requires effort, discipline, even dedication in everybody who continues to eat and drink to survive. We might not be able to rid our mouths of all forms of inhabitants that cause harm, in fact we have to keep the good ones and some bad ones also to maintain the normal balance. So, here are some of the most acknowledged, efficacious and tested means to fight mouth germs.
Daily Healthy Habits
Regular tooth brushing is a powerful tool to combat mouth germs. Brushing twice daily at least, for at least two minutes using gentle brush strokes is recommended. All surfaces of teeth should be covered, even along the gum line and to also include the tongue surface. Toothpaste with fluoride is essential as the mineral strengthens tooth enamel against cavity formation.
Be sure to also keep your toothbrush clean as bacteria can flourish on your bristles. Clean your brush well as to not leave any small debris behind. Switch to a new toothbrush after 3 to 4 months or when you see that the bristles are worn or frayed already. Change to a new one as well after an illness. Don’t keep toothbrushes in closed containers but rather in open air to dry, as damp moisture attracts bacteria.
Daily flossing is another important way to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Flossing can help to remove plaque from places that your toothbrush can’t reach. Slide your floss in between the teeth. Also clean at the base of each tooth, removing plaque and food debris from underneath the gum line.
Are you on a healthy diet?
What you eat can also help to support a healthy mouth. Cut down on diets rich in sugar and starch as they are irresistible magnets for bacteria. Snack on fresh fruits and veggies instead. Whole grains are also healthy for teeth and gums.
Regular dentist visitations are also essential in fighting mouth germs. At least see your dentist every 6 months for oral examination and in-office teeth cleaning. You need professional cleaning regularly for plaque and tartar that you will be unable to remove by yourself. Your dentist will also check for the presence of cavities or gum disease that you won’t recognize on your own.