How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy
This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Did you know that your mouth says a lot about you? Your overall oral health has a shocking and substantial impact on how other people perceive you. The health of your mouth will lead to assumptions about your overall health and social life, to opinions about your success in romantic relationships and even your career.
So in short, people judge you based on the health of your mouth.
LISTERINE(R) Brand conducted a nation-wide survey with GFK, a leading marketing insights research firm, to reveal striking data that illustrates the social implications of poor oral health and oral disease. The conclusion is that poor oral health can impact ALL areas of your life! That’s why it’s so important to me as a mom that I teach my children to recognize and understand the repercussions of their oral care routine.
- More than 6 in 10 assume that people with oral health issues have other health issues (66%).
- More than 8 in 10 Americans feel oral health issues are embarrassing (85%), and more than 9 in 10 say that they feel better overall when their mouth feels clean (93%).
- 3 in 4 Americans say the state of their mouth determines how they look and feel (77%), nearly as much as their weight (78%).
I’ll be honest and admit that my first impression of someone isn’t very good if I can easily see that their mouth is in need of attention. I guess, to me, I figure if you don’t have two to five minutes a day to care for your teeth, what other things are you neglecting.
As a mother, I’m proactive about making sure my children know how to properly care for their teeth and what the consequences are of shortcuts. I’ve been ingraining it into every fiber of their being since their first tooth erupted through the gum. We go for our checkups twice a year and we brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash faithfully.
I know that when I wake up in the morning, the first thing I want to do is brush my teeth and wash my face. Without doing either of those things, I don’t feel my best.
How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy
Visit the dentist: It’s so important that you visit the dentist for a cleaning twice a year. By doing so you can quickly catch problems before they become even bigger.
Limit soda and sugar: Ideally none is better, but lets be realistic. An occasional soda is okay as long as you are taking appropriate actions to keep your mouth healthy. The acid in the soda makes the enamel on your teeth softer making them more likely to get a cavity.
Choose the right toothbrush: Unlike many believe, soft bristles are actually better for your teeth and gums. Hard bristles can damage your gums and cause more bad than good. Your toothbrush should last two to three months with proper use, so make sure you’re switching it out when necessary.
Brush correctly: In addition to brushing at least twice a day, it’s important to know proper technique. My dentist told me that the best way to brush your teeth is to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and move gently in a circular motion. Hold on to the toothbrush like a pencil so you won’t be tempted to brush too hard.
Brushing isn’t the end: After brushing, make sure you floss and rinse with mouthwash. Brushing alone can’t get those food particles stuck between your teeth. If left unattended, it could cause big problems down the road. Mouthwash compliments brushing and depending on the kind you purchase, can help to whiten teeth, prevent cavities, and freshen breath.
What’s the difference between a healthy mouth and unhealthy mouth? Click here to find out. LISTERINE makes it easy to find a oral care regime that works for you.
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How do YOU keep your mouth healthy?