There are many things your dentist will recommend to keep your teeth and gum tissue healthy. Since evidence is available that good dental health can contribute to overall quality of day to day living, keeping teeth in excellent condition is very important.
Science has demonstrated that the opposite of that equation is true is well. A healthy body is definitely an asset to having a healthy mouth. So some common sense daily habits that will aid in keeping both in good condition include:
• Stop tobacco use – In any form tobacco from chewing or smoking is extremely detrimental to the body. And it has been proven that tobacco users suffer many more serious dental problems than those who abstain from tobacco use. Gum disease, dental decay, halitosis and stained teeth are at the top of the list of dental problems that result from tobacco use.
A healthy body is definitely an asset to having a healthy mouth.
• Diet – Sugary snacks and beverages not only expand the waistline. The sugars stick to the bacteria on teeth that contribute to plaque build-up. This build-up may lead to dental decay or gum disease.
• Daily flossing – The best way to aid in the prevention of plaque build-up is with consistent daily use of dental floss. Follow the directions of your dentist for the most effective use of dental floss.
• Brushing – It should go without saying that brushing a minimum of twice per day with tooth paste or gel is needed to keep teeth healthy. But how you brush is important as well. A soft bristle brush with consistent pressure is best. Many believe that firm is best at removing plaque and bacteria, but damage to dental enamel and gum tissue can result.
• Electric tooth brush – There are many different types of sonic or electric tooth brushes available today. Their use not only promotes optimum teeth cleaning, but most come with a built-in timer that encourages the user to brush the full two minutes that is recommended each and every time you brush.
• Dental visits – Seeing your dentist twice per year for a clinical cleaning and exam will identify problems before they can escalate and keep plaque build-up to a minimum.
It should go without saying that getting adequate sleep and daily water consumption are two prime ways to a healthy body, and as an added benefit, healthy teeth and gums.
To learn more ways to keep your teeth healthy contact the Chicago office of ORA Dental Studio at 312-328-9007 to schedule an appointment.