5 Tips to for How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy Between Meals
Keeping a clean mouth in today’s busy life seems near impossible. There’s always so much to do between meals that regular oral health care falls by the wayside. Thankfully, it’s not as difficult as you’d think to improve your oral health between meals. Many of the best ways to help your mouth come from diet shifts or quick, five-minute post meal tasks.
We’ve gathered a list of 5 quick things to do between meals to prioritize your oral health and keep your mouth happy and healthy!
1. Watch Your Diet
Some foods are better than others when it comes to maintaining oral health. You’ve probably heard that coffee, soda, and red wine can stain your teeth. There’s a long list of other foods that can damage your mouth, including:
Highly acidic foods, including lemons, alcohol, or pickles. The acid in these foods wear away at the enamel on your teeth and can lead to sensitivity.
Highly sugary foods, including candy, dried fruits, jams, and cereal. Sugar is the #1 snack for the bacteria living in your mouth. When we eat foods high in sugar, the bacteria have a party and multiply rapidly, leading to cavities.
Sticky or chewy foods, including gum, many candies, and licorice. These foods tend to stick around in your mouth for a while despite cleaning, and can be a food supply for bacteria.
Starchy foods, such as white bread, pasta, and potato chips. Your body immediately converts these starches into sugars, which bacteria feast upon!
We know it’s difficult to fully cut these foods from your diet, but try to be a bit more cognizant of limiting these foods. Try to replace these foods with mouth-healthy ingredients, such as fruits, lean meats, whole grains, eggs, and cheese!
2. Minimize Snacking
Constant snacking can lead to tooth degradation. Your mouth needs time to process food and wash away the acid that’s generated to digest food. By constantly snacking, you keep the acid levels in your mouth high, which wears away at the enamel and leads to cavities and tooth decay.
If you can’t function without your snacks, consider munching on some mouth-friendly foods. Nuts, fruits, high-fiber foods, and dairy products are just some snack alternatives that can minimize damage done to your mouth!
3. Try to Brush and Floss Between Meals
We understand that you live a busy life, and it can be difficult to find time to brush and floss between every meal. Try your best to maintain oral health between as many meals as possible! Consider packing a travel toothbrush in your purse, backpack, or briefcase. Prioritize brushing and flossing in the morning and before you go to sleep for the night.
To cut back on time, try dry brushing (brushing your teeth without any toothpaste). This method is quicker and allows you to see the areas of your teeth you’ve brushed or missed. If you dislike flossing, try these alternative methods for cleaning out your gums.
4. Chew Gum!
This may seem a little hypocritical, given that we just denounced gum as a chewy food that’s bad for your teeth. However, choosing a gum with a natural and safe artificial sweetener can be highly beneficial. By chewing gum for around five minutes, you stimulate your natural saliva production, which washes away much of the residue and bacteria left from your meal. Saliva also promotes remineralization, which fights cavities and enamel decay.
5. Regularly Scheduled Cleanings
The best way to maintain oral health is staying on schedule with your teeth cleanings. The experts at Smiles by the Sea Del Mar use the most advanced tools and techniques to clean further into your mouth than any over-the-counter brush could. Our tools and skills can help seal your mouth against dangerous bacteria and fight against cavity formation.
You can also ask any member of our team for more tips or deeper explanations of what you can do between meals to maintain oral health! Call our office today to schedule an appointment.