At HungryGoWhere, we know that Singaporeans are all foodies at heart. From hawker favourites to rustic, old world cuisine and exotic flavours from the far-flung corners of the world, food from all over gives us joy, and we are always searching for new culinary experiences.
But while we enjoy eating, how many of us know what it takes to maintain good dental hygiene?
You might brush your teeth after lunch to mask the cheese platter you ate, but bad breath (or halitosis) is just one issue to think about.
Oral B is here to offer some tips on how you can keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape for years to come.
The chief cause of oral health problems are carbohydrates. Anything sweet or starchy – and anything that clings to teeth – will leave residual carbohydrates. These carbs then fuel bacteria which cause plaque and can eventually lead to tooth decay and gum diseases such as gingivitis. Bacteria can begin producing plaque just 20 minutes after a meal.
If that sounds scary, don't worry, by following a simple routine, you can win the battle hands down.
First things first, brush your teeth twice a day – no ifs, ands or buts! If you're a regular snacker (and who isn't), you should consider brushing more than that. Flossing once a day is just as important to keep the spaces between teeth squeaky clean while rinsing with mouthwash will kill germs and provide a healthy dose of fluoride to protect tooth enamel. As diligently as you brush, floss and rinse, your dentist knows best, so be sure to make regular appointments (twice a year) for a professional clean and assessment. Your dentist is your greatest ally in nipping potential problems in the bud.
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to brush, floss and rinse to maximum effect.