Four ways to increase your oral health

Any dentist in Stourport-on-Severn will advise you that brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing at least once and using a mouth wash is a great start to providing the oral healthcare you require. There are more ways to protect the condition of your teeth and gums while away from the dentist, but it requires self-discipline and willpower. Below we look at our top four tips to increase your oral health.

Reduce or quit smoking

There are already widely noted health benefits to quitting smoking, but as well as an increase in the risk of oral cancer, smoking can actually lead to gum inflammation and receding gums causing an unhelpful build-up of plaque.

Try to limit sugar intake

Carbonated drinks, sugary sweets and chocolate are all enjoyable treats, but the sugar content in these drinks and foods provokes a tremendous growth in plaque. If the plaque content is too great, it can result in tooth decay, gum disease and ultimately lost teeth.

Why snacking can be bad

The bacteria in your mouth love it when you snack between meals almost as much as you do. Oral bacteria take sustenance from regular snacking and helps promote plaque growth. If you’re out in Stourport-on-Severn and feeling peckish, try to pick up a piece of fruit from the greengrocers rather than a sugary snack.

Maintain a healthy diet

The health benefits of eating a well-balanced diet are abundant and widely recognised. Still, by taking in the right vitamins, minerals, fruits and vegetables (all of which can be found locally in Stourport-on-Severn), you can boost the health of your teeth and gums and make your next visit to the dentist a brief check-up.