Have you ever heard of the saying ‘A smile that kills’? Well, such a saying can be taken both figuratively and literally. Figuratively, it means that it is a smile so beautiful, that it mesmerizes the person who sees it. However, literally, it means that it is really bad, and its effects can be extreme! The latter is what happens when you don’t take care of your teeth. You are left with an embarrassing display of yellow patches protruding from your mouth. Well, that might be another extreme scenario, but it is possible. So, for every one’s well being, it is advised that you take care of your teeth.

Basic dental care starts from the time we are toddlers. And till the time we are independent, we usually stick to the routines that we were taught by our parents and dentist. However, it is once we learn the term ‘Choice’, we lose control. We choose to look away from dental hygiene, simple as it may be, and that leaves us with many problems.

It is always advised to brush two times a day; once in the morning and once at night. Apart from that, if you decide to eat some heavily spiced food, or sweets then you should brush after eating as well. You should use soft bristled brushes so that you don’t do harm to your tooth enamel. Also, you should brush your tongue, as it can gather a lot of residue. Apart from brushing, you must also floss. This removes plaque from places where a toothbrush may not reach.

A dentist may not seem like a very good friend of yours. Every time you visit him, you leave with an unpleasant experience. However, this is much nicer than the amount of physical and mental pain it will cause you to fork out a lot of money for advanced dental procedures. That’s right; they are right to say prevention is better than cure. So, make sure you visit your dentist for regular check ups.

Apart from the above, there are also some ways by which you can promote good dental and oral health. For instance, it is good to eat fruits like oranges and strawberries that are rich in vitamin C, as it is essential for gums. Vegetables such as pumpkin, carrots and broccoli are rich in vitamin A which helps the tooth enamel. Milk, yogurt and cheese are high in calcium, which keeps teeth strong. Avoid food that has high sugar content.

Green tea is a good drink to have, as it contains anti oxidants which help prevent plaque and cavities. Also, drinking water is as important for the teeth as for the rest of the body. It keeps the mouth hydrated, and clean.