Maintaining great oral health produces a winning smile as well as contributing to good overall health. Your dentist can provide a list of things we should do to keep our dental health as good as possible including:
Brushing – We need to brush at least twice every day with a fluoridated tooth paste. Each brushing session should last two minutes – an electronic tooth brush offers many advantages from rapid action to remove bacteria and food debris to a timer that signals when we’ve brushed the recommended two minutes.
Flossing – There are many different types of floss assuring you will find one that works best for you … flavored, waxed, tape, or floss picks … use floss at least once every day to help keep plaque build-up limited and gum tissue stimulated.
Dental visits – Every six months we should see the dentist for a thorough cleaning, polishing and exam. Teeth will look their best, but more importantly plaque is removed that can lead to decay and/or gum disease.
These are the actions we should observe, but there are many other factors to consider such as:
Diet – Limiting sugary snacks and beverages is important. The list of healthy foods we are encouraged to consume include fresh fruits and vegetables; protein from lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, and nuts; dairy products like milk, cheese, eggs, and yogurt (just be aware of sugar content); and healthy snacks like popcorn, sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds, or unsweetened cereal.
Tobacco use – There are no benefits achieved from smoking or any type of tobacco use. Patients that use tobacco are more likely to develop gum disease and suffer from premature tooth loss.
Hydration – Water is the ultimate beverage to stay hydrated; soft drinks, juices, carbonated and sweetened beverages are very hard on teeth – if you are going to consume them, use a straw so as much of the harmful beverage can bypass teeth as possible.
Sleep – The amount of sleep you need every night may differ from others; but lack of sufficient rest can contribute to oral health problems.
Tooth loss – Losing your baby teeth is normal; however, losing permanent teeth requires some type of action to allow you to speak clearly, chew normally, and smile with self-confidence (difficult to do if tooth loss has occurred).
Good oral health is important so follow the recommended guidelines provided by your dentist. Call to schedule an appointment with our professionals today!