Men’s Oral Health: 5 Tips for Maintaining a Beautiful Smile by Helen Bradford

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Maintaining good oral health is a must throughout the course of one’s life. Everyone knows that there is an immense power found within a beautiful, healthy smile. Nevertheless, it seems that men do not pay as much attention to their oral health as women do. Due to this, a lot of men struggle with poor oral health which might lead to different diseases, low self-esteem, and depression. Of course, there are numerous ways to prevent these problems from happening in the first place. Here are 5 great tips that will help in maintaining a beautiful smile.

1. Brush and floss on a daily basis

We have been taught from an early age that brushing our teeth and flossing daily should be a must in any oral care routine. Sadly, a lot of men tend to make the mistake of skipping this crucial step altogether. It is important to brush the teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and before going to bed. For optimal results, it is recommended to brush after each meal. This way, cavities and other diseases such as gingivitis will be kept at bay. Try to look for a brush that has soft bristles, so it does not cause any damage to sensitive gums. Also, throw away your brush after about two months of use, because a lot of bacteria might accumulate. When it comes to flossing, it is worth mentioning that it helps to remove the food bits that might have got stuck between the teeth and gum line. Aim to floss once a day.

2. Invest in high-quality dental products

For maintaining good oral health, it is important to make sure that you are using products that are suitable for your specific needs. If you have sensitive gums, try looking for a brush that has soft bristles, so it does not cause any damage. Also, throw away your brush after about two months of use, because a lot of bacteria might accumulate. When it comes to using quality dental floss, aim for a product that is gentle enough, but which removes food bits that might have gotten stuck between the teeth and gum line. In addition, consider purchasing picks and dental tape.

3. Change up your diet

A diet that is mainly based on processed food filled with refined sugar does not do any good for your oral health. As a matter of fact, men who consume a lot of junk food (especially candy) have a high chance of developing some of the most common oral diseases. The best way to make sure that illness is prevented is to completely ditch the junk and go for wholesome ingredients that you can buy at any farmer’s market. An optimal diet should be based on veggies and lean protein. Aim for vegetables that have high water content, such as cucumbers. These vegetables will help your body get rid of any excess toxins. Also, do not forget to hydrate! One of the main causes of gum disease is dehydration. Aim to drink at least nine glasses of water each day.

4. Invest in a Mouthguard

A lot of men nowadays enjoy playing some kind of sport, whether as a hobby or professionally. Whatever the case might be, it is a good idea to make sure that the teeth are protected from damage caused by sudden impacts. This might be a problem when the sport is an extremely aggressive one. To make sure that damage is minimized, there is an option for getting a quality mouthguard. Of course, it is important to visit your dentist and consult with them before proceeding.

5. Avoid smoking and alcohol

It is common knowledge that the use of tobacco increases the risk of cancer, gingivitis, and tooth decay. In addition, it is more than certain that the teeth will become yellow over time. An important step in optimizing oral health is to minimize smoking or completely quit the habit for good. Consuming alcohol on a regular basis also has detrimental effects on your teeth and overall oral health. Alcohol dries out the mouth and it elevates the risk of gum disease. All in all, alcoholic beverages should be avoided at all costs. Instead, it is a good idea to swap out alcohol and fizzy drinks for something that does not contain any sugar. Coffee is also a no-no when it comes to keeping your teeth as white as possible. Actually coffee might stain your teeth over time. The best way to go is to drink as much plain water as possible.

In summary, it is extremely important to make sure that we are taking good care of our oral health. Men especially should pay more attention to their pearly whites, because most would agree that there is nothing as charming as a man with a beautiful smile.