Careful attention to oral health can protect against gum diseases, tooth decay, bad breath and other issues that affect overall wellbeing. Establish a daily brushing, flossing and mouthwash routine in order to stay in good condition.
Studies reveal a connection between oral health and general well-being, especially gum disease, and other systemic health concerns such as cardiovascular illness, HIV/AIDS infection and pneumonia.
Brush Your Teeth Daily
Have you heard this before: ‘Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss daily.” This is one of the key steps to maintaining good oral health, as brushing helps remove plaque – a bacterial buildup responsible for gum disease and tooth decay – while flossing helps prevent food particles from building up in your mouth over time causing bad breath.
Many people mistakenly believe that mint sprays, breath fresheners and mouthwash can replace the need to brush regularly with their teeth in order to combat bad breath. Unfortunately, however, such products simply mask it instead of eliminating it altogether; to truly get rid of bad breath is through regular brushing of teeth to eliminate bacteria which contributes to it.
If you fail to brush your teeth daily, bacteria and food debris will continue to build up inside of your mouth throughout the day and night – leading to gum disease, tooth decay and cavities as a result.
To ensure proper dental hygiene, it is recommended that you use a toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste with tartar-reducing fluoride. When brushing, always start from outer surfaces of your teeth before moving inwards – this ensures an even clean. Furthermore, brush before bed and after meals for optimal results.
Most dentists recommend supplementing your daily brushing routine with flossing to remove bacteria and food that becomes trapped beneath your gum line and between your teeth. Not only is flossing essential for oral health but it can help lower risk for various medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
According to the team at WestSide Dental, flossing should be part of every oral hygiene routine, as it removes food debris that your toothbrush might miss and reduces gum disease risk. Furthermore, flossing also helps prevent bad breath and cavities – some experts even believe that flossing may reduce heart disease risk!
Most dentists advise flossing at least once or twice each day; for optimal results, twice is even better. Once you decide to floss, find a time that works with your schedule and stick with it; some choose right after brushing their teeth while others make it part of their evening routine before bedtime. No matter when or how often you choose to do it, give yourself at least two minutes for this task to be completed successfully.
There are various varieties of dental floss available today, but most consist of thin nylon or silk filaments. To use one effectively, break off a piece approximately 18 inches long and wrap most of it tightly around one hand’s index finger and thumb before gently sliding it between teeth using a gentle, rubbing motion. As necessary, switch up sections as necessary in order to reach every one in your mouth.
People often report that flossing is uncomfortable, but this sensation should only last briefly. If it does persist for longer than necessary, this could indicate you are pressing too hard or extracting too much tissue between your teeth. If this occurs regularly, be sure to adjust your technique; some individuals find using dental picks instead of string floss makes flossing more comfortable while it might also be beneficial investing in specific tools for braces like toothpicks.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Regular brushing, flossing and dental visits help keep your teeth in top condition and help ward off potential problems such as small cavities that could become painful and costly to treat over time.
At your dental visit, your dentist will check for hidden oral health issues that might not be easily visible, such as crooked or missing teeth that could affect speech and chewing ability and eventually require costly corrective treatments in the future. They’ll also inspect the inside of your mouth and gums to look for red or white patches and any abnormalities which might indicate diseases or conditions such as oral cancer.
Some may put off seeing their dentist regularly due to unnecessary travel time or fear of pain or blood during treatments, but maintaining excellent oral hygiene requires regular dental visits in order to detect issues before they become serious.
The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist every six months for regular cleanings and examination. However, depending on individual circumstances such as smoking or diabetes, some individuals may require more frequent appointments with their dentist than recommended by this schedule.
Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove stubborn plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth; only professional dental cleaning services can do this effectively. Your dentist will also offer helpful tips for maintaining optimal oral hygiene between visits.
Take Care of Your Gums
Gums play an invaluable role in maintaining dental health by not only keeping teeth in place but also safeguarding roots of teeth and jawbone. Gums also prevent gum disease; however, due to being soft and difficult to see it can be hard to tell when they have become unhealthy; therefore it is imperative that regular visits to your dentist take place.
To protect and care for your gums properly, brush twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste – for at least 2 minutes at each brushing – for at least 2 minutes and then replace every three to four months. Rinsing with mouthwash twice daily also kills bacteria while flushing away food debris and plaque deposits that build up and can help heal swollen or red gums.
Consume as few sugary foods and drinks as possible, as this will lead to tooth decay and other oral health issues. A diet consisting of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains is recommended.
Regular visits to your dentist for cleanings and exams can also help prevent gum disease from taking hold. Plaque and tartar buildup, which can contribute to gum disease, must be removed so as to thwart its progress, which in turn could result in tooth loss, affect bone and tissue health issues and eventually even affect overall health issues. Although gum disease is a serious threat that must be managed effectively to avoid serious consequences; most cases can be avoided with routine dental visits and good oral hygiene habits.
Poor oral hygiene can result in many dental health issues, including gum disease, bad breath and tooth loss. Such issues can have detrimental effects on one’s self-confidence, ability to eat and overall quality of life.
Long-term exposure to products containing tobacco and nicotine (traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes and smokeless tobacco) has been linked with serious health consequences, including cancer and heart and lung diseases. Smoking also poses significant oral health risks including gum disease, bad breath and tooth loss as well as creating an environment more susceptible to infections that leads to plaque build-up which leads to tooth decay and gum disease.
Smokers are at greater risk for mouth cancers affecting their tongue, cheek or roof of their mouth as well as squamous cell carcinoma on their lip, all which are serious and difficult-to-treat cancers that can have a significant negative impact on quality of life. People who smoke should conduct periodic oral self-checkups for any longstanding sores in the mouth that could indicate a more serious health concern.
To improve your oral health, the ideal way is to give up smoking. However, if this is not feasible right away, try to minimize exposure to foods that stain teeth such as coffee and soda to lessen the impact on your teeth. You should also use an antimicrobial mouthwash and floss regularly in order to combat the buildup of bacteria from smoking, helping reduce stains caused by tobacco as well as gum disease, bad breath, and oral cancer – practices which will also help your dentist catch any issues early and maintain your beautiful smile! Visiting your dentist regularly allows him/her to catch any issues early while helping maintain an attractive smile!