Advice on looking after your oral health in spring
Spring is just around the corner, but it does not come alone; it’s accompanied by a slight rise in temperatures which leaves us wanting to have an ice cream, enjoy an outdoor meal, enjoy a pre-meal drink and drink fizzy beverages with ice.
As you can see, this is the perfect scenario to compromise our oral health, but if we pay a little attention and care, we can emerge unscathed and with our teeth as healthy as ever.
Take note of our advice about how to achieve this!
A BALANCED DIET
A balanced diet is a fundamental pillar in terms of obtaining a balanced and healthy body. It is only natural to be tempted by so much delicious spring food, but we should not forget the balance that our organism needs.
An excess of cold, very sugary or citric foods can trigger dental hypersensitivity. Therefore, you must be careful of the amount of ice cream or soft drinks that you consume if you want to maintain a good oral health.
The bacteria in our mouth feed off sugar. Therefore, the more sugar we consume, the faster they reproduce. It is true that some of these bacteria are inoffensive, but many others are not, and this can cause the bacteria to accumulate and move into the interdental gaps.
Reaching these spaces is very difficult and so cleaning and getting rid of the accumulation of bacteria is complicated and may require the intervention of an odontologist.
MAKE SURE TO STAY HYDRATED
With the increase in temperatures, our organism needs larger amounts of liquids. If we do not consume these liquids, our mouth will become dry and it could develop problems such as bad breath, viscous saliva, obstructions when chewing and discomfort on our tongue.
It is true that our organism usually lets us know whenever it needs water, but we must not wait for that to happen, and we should drink at least two litres of water per day.
Moreover, one of the benefits of drinking water is that it helps to create saliva, our great ally in making sure we maintain a healthy mouth.
Our body normally generates the required amount of saliva through our regular daily consumption of any liquid, but it is true that saliva production reduces with age and with the consumption of certain medicines. Therefore, it is very important to keep hydrated throughout the day.
IF YOU PRACTICE SPORT, USE A MOUTHGUARD
If you love playing sports where physical contact is unavoidable you should wear a mouthguard. Protecting your teeth must be your priority because, even though they might appear to be more resistant than a diamond, they are not unbreakable.
Today, more and more people are using mouthguards, and not just when they practice rough or contact sports.
The use of a guard or protector is recommended if you are going to practice almost any type of sport, including aerobic sports as we can also fall when running or cycling and damage our teeth in the process.
If you finally decide to use a mouthguard, you must not forget to use an appropriate hygiene routine when cleaning it.
Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is fundamental in terms of looking after your oral health. To achieve this, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and use specific oral hygiene products to help eliminate any food debris that gets trapped in the interdental spaces.
For this reason, it is very important to use interdental brushes or dental floss after you have finished brushing. In this way, the bacteria and tartar will not build up in your teeth and you will keep your mouth healthy.Back to Blog