People who struggle with poor oral health are often the same ones who neglect caring for their teeth, gums, tongue, and other oral structures. But, the habits you can pick up to keep your mouth healthy at home aren’t hard!
Here are some ways to maintain oral health you should follow:
Your dentist will recommend brushing twice a day. Brushing should last for about two minutes each time. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
Brushing your teeth helps remove plaque, which is a sticky film that contains bacteria. Plaque builds up on your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease. When you brush, make sure you also brush along the gum line.
Your dentist may recommend using an electric toothbrush or another type of toothbrush. If you wear dentures or braces, you’ll need to brush them daily as well.
Your dentist may recommend brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Flossing at least once a day removes plaque and food particles from the areas between your teeth where brushing can’t reach. Not flossing enough can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.
Most dentists recommend flossing before bed. This allows plaque and food particles to be removed from your mouth before you go to sleep, preventing your teeth from being exposed overnight.
Rinse with mouthwash each day to kill germs, remove plaque, and prevent bad breath. You can choose from a variety of mouthwashes, including ones that target specific issues, like gingivitis or dry mouth.
Maintaining proper oral and general health comes down to what you put in your body. When your nutritional needs are being met, the rest of your body functions better, including your mouth.
Avoid foods that are high in sugar. These sugary treats, like candy, soda, and cookies, stick to the teeth and feed oral bacteria. This, in turn, leads to plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Regular dental visits are an important way to stay on top of your oral health. During these visits, we’ll examine your mouth for signs of oral diseases or infections. This helps us to catch any problems as soon as possible and treat them before they progress into more serious problems. Let’s take a closer look at why these visits are so crucial.
We request you schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (602) 237-7878 or reach out through online consultation, and we’ll be happy to help.