Flossing is another important part of an effective oral hygiene routine because it removes plaque from between your teeth where toothbrushes can’t reach. Some studies have even found that flossing maybe even more effective at preventing gum disease than brushing alone because floss is able to dislodge food particles and plaque beyond where your brush bristles can reach, which allows your gums to heal faster overtime after being swollen or irritated from periodontal disease.
According to the American Dental Association: “Daily flossing removes plaque from tooth surfaces and between teeth, where brushing cannot reach. Besides, flossing undercuts food particles that get stuck between your teeth, helping to prevent cavities.”
Drinking Lots of Water To Keep Your Mouth From Getting Dry and Brittle:
Eating Healthy Foods That Help Strengthen Your Teeth:
Using Natural Toothpastes or Mouthwash With Fluoride To Avoid Unnatural Chemicals:
Avoiding fluoride-free toothpaste and mouthwash when you buy them at your local grocery store because they may use harsh chemicals like glycerine, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), polyethylene, propylene glycol, and even diethanolamine (DEA) which have a link to cancer through past studies. Also, avoid using whitening toothpaste with hydrogen peroxide because it can encourage tiny holes to form in your enamel over time.
Avoiding Drugs That Make Your Mouth Dry and Brittle:
Avoiding Dental Fillings Containing Mercury:
Avoiding silver dental fillings made with mercury because according to one study, “Once amalgam enters the oral cavity, it releases mercury which quickly becomes converted into inorganic mercury, accumulates in tissues and bioaccumulates rapidly.” According to another study: “Conclusions: The results might be due to both elemental and ionic Hg released from dental amalgams as well iron deficiency. Elemental Hg vapor knows to form Hg-protein complexes that get deposit in the brain. In iron deficiency, there is less metalloprotein available for the formation of such complexes.”