Back to the Basics of Oral Health Care
Sometimes it’s important to get back to the basics. At times, we end up concerning ourselves with complicated details, and with that, forget the very basic building blocks. This can be true for mostly anything, but today we’re here to revisit the basics as they pertain to your oral health.
We say all the time that your oral health directly impacts your overall health. It’s true! We want you to stay healthy and keep smiling. So, without getting too complicated, (that’s the theme here, right?), here are the very basics you should be doing to protect your oral health and practice good oral hygiene.
1) Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time
Using a soft toothbrush allows for a good cleaning without damaging gums or the enamel in the process. A toothpaste with fluoride will help reduce the demineralization process, which is the first stage to tooth decay.
2) Floss daily
Flossing helps reach the tooth surfaces that your toothbrush cannot, helping to prevent cavities and gum disease.
3) Use mouthwash
This helps to remove any additional food particles left after brushing and flossing.
4) Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary food and drinks
Teeth need a variety of nutrients and minerals to stay strong. We know that valuable nutrients come from healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.
5) Replace your toothbrush every three months
This should be sooner if bristles are splayed or worn, or if you have been sick. A new toothbrush removes more plaque. Additionally, worn bristles are more prone to bacterial or fungal growth which could cause infections or bad breath.
6) Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings
With regular checkups and cleanings, your dental care team can spot potential problems and work with you on prevention before any issues become serious. We have a variety of appointment dates and times to work within your schedule and we make it easy to request an appointment online.
7) Avoid tobacco use
People who smoke or chew tobacco are more likely to produce bacterial plaque, which leads to gum disease. Unfortunately, gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
Contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Remember, taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.