Dental Health

How to Maintain Daily Dental Health

Oral hygiene is extremely important for overall physical health as well as for general well-being and appearance. There are several things you can do daily to make sure that you keep your mouth as clean and healthy as it can possibly be.

1) First, and most basically, it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day: When you wake up and before bedtime. It’s not a bad idea to brush after each meal, but if that’s not an option be sure to brush at least twice. Brush all sides of each tooth, as well as your tongue for best brushing technique. Brush your teeth with a pea-sized drop of toothpaste, and remember to replace your toothbrush when the bristles start to get droopy. It’s a good idea to use whitening and cavity-fighting toothpaste as well as toothpaste that contains fluoride, to prevent tooth decay.

2) Next, it is important to floss every day. Flossing allows you to remove bits of food from hard-to-reach places. Flossing also prevents gingivitis, a common gum disease brought about by too much plaque buildup. Daily flossing keeps the gums and teeth healthy. Be gentle to avoid gum bleeding, but the most important thing about flossing is to be diligent. With the one or two minutes that it takes to floss your teeth, your dental health will be much improved.

3) Another tip to maintaining daily dental health is to use a fluoride rinse. Fluoride rinses strengthen your teeth, make them less sensitive, and prevent tooth decay. Rinsing with mouthwash is also a good idea because it kills germs that lurk on your tongue and around your mouth. Plus, it can fight gingivitis and freshen your breath!

Caring for my teeth and gums

4) Eating fruits and vegetables makes a huge different in your dental health. By keeping a healthy diet, you’ll reap the benefits of both a healthier body and a healthier mouth. Fruits and vegetables promote dental health while junk foods and starchy foods tend to latch onto your teeth and lead to major tooth decay. It’s wise to brush your teeth after snacking to prevent this tooth decay. Another viable option is to chew sugarless gum.

5) One of the most destructive habits that leads to poor oral hygiene is smoking. It leads to tooth discoloration; problems in the mouth; tongue, throat, and gum disease; and bad breath. Quit smoking and you’ll be on your way to better dental health.

6) Finally, schedule regular appointments with your dentist for basic check-ups. It’s a great way to spot early signs of cavities or other dental problems before they get out of hand. Also, visit your dentist if you feel any sort of dental pain or discomfort so that your dentist can help determine the cause and help you take care of it.