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Tips From a Family Dentist for Encouraging Good Oral Health

Oct 25, 2019Family dental care, Oral health

Our oral health largely influences every aspect of your life though most people take this for granted. Your mouth is directly connected to your body health, and it can be used in the analysis of general infection as well as nutritional deficiencies. Systemic diseases are first detected through mouth lesions and other oral problems though they affect the whole human body. Whether you are sixty or six years old, oral health is essential, and regular checkups should be done yearly, whether you are experiencing pain or not. It’s critical to ensure that you are mindful of your eating habits as well as choosing the right oral care products to ensure oral hygiene and to get your desired beautiful teeth in the future.

Below are some oral health tips you can implement to ensure that you maintain good dental health.

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Brush your mouth correctly

Yes, you are not only supposed to brush your teeth only but your whole mouth. This includes your tongue, teeth, the roof of your mouth and gums. When cleaning your teeth, ensure that your toothbrush bristles are placed at an angle of forty-five degrees close to the gum line in order to ensure that the bristles are in contact with the teeth and gum too. Use an up and down combined with a back and forth movement when brushing. Do not forget to engage your gum and inner teeth surfaces using the same moves too. Brush your mouth roof and tongue surfaces to eliminate the bad breath causing bacteria. Make sure to brush your teeth lightly to prevent injuring your gums, as this will cause more harm to your teeth.

According to research, you should brush your teeth twice a day. Still, many people continuously ignore brushing their teeth at night. However, tired or lazy, you feel, make sure you brush your teeth before going to bed to ensure proper oral health.

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Floss your teeth regularly

Brushing your teeth is not holistic in ensuring oral health. It can clean your teeth’s surface, but it doesn’t do a pretty good job in the spaces between teeth. Flossing helps get rid of detrimental food substances and residues stuck in between teeth. If you want healthy teeth, floss your teeth at least once a day. However, Flossing is not a walk in the park, especially for people living with arthritis. Instead of giving up, it’s essential to use the ready-to-go flossing tools found in drug stores as they can go a long way ensuring oral health.

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Check your diet

Ninety-nine percent of people eat something primarily because it tastes good. But do we look at the health risks posed by sweet foods, especially to our teeth? Some foods are teeth-friendly, for example, fruits such as apples, chicken, nuts, vegetables, and cheese, while others are responsible for causing teeth cavities and other oral problems. Another health benefit of consuming cheese is that it stirs up the salivary gland to produce saliva, which is responsible for neutralizing acid, giving the body an alkaline medium. It’s vital to regulate sugar and alcohol consumption since they increase your chances of encountering oral problems. Soda and alcohol contain phosphorus. Yes, phosphorus is a critical mineral to our bodies, but its excessive consumption lowers the calcium contents in the body leading to oral problems such as gum linked diseases and tooth decay. Tobacco should also be avoided since it is connected to oral cancer according to research.

Besides, the additional stuff you take, such as tea, coffee, sweets, and bubble gum to mask the tobacco smell, will double damage your teeth. Instead of taking toxic sweetened beverages, go for those that enhance the strength of your enamel, such as water. If consuming sodas and alcohol is a must, consider using a straw to prevent direct contact between your teeth and the drink.

Use fluoride toothpaste

When selecting the toothpaste to use, don’t only go for those who have high whitening power or sweet flavor. Go for a toothpaste that contains fluoride in it. This is because fluoride is ideal for tooth decay defense. It protects your teeth by forming a protective barrier as well as fighting harmful pathogens that might be in a position to damage your teeth. It also strengthens the surface of the tooth

Consider Mouthwash

Consider mouthwash

There are tons of mouthwash available in the market, but most people avoid them because they are not aware of how and why they should be used. Mouthwashes are responsible for re-mineralizing, reducing acidity as well as clean hard to brush areas. It’s responsible for bringing into balance, preventing lousy mouth odors. Mouthwashes go a long way for the aging population as well as young care not able to brush or floss their teeth. Consult your family dentist when selecting your mouthwash to ensure you get it right to avoid future complications. Certain brands are suited for different teeth types

Regular checkups are vital

Your physical efforts are very essential when trying to put your oral health in check. However, it’s essential to visit your family dentist regularly for checkups and cleanups. These checkups should be done at least twice a year. This will ensure that potential issues are spotted and the necessary advice or treatment solutions offered on time. You can even opt to take an insurance cover for these checkups to avoid spending extensively. These covers are essential, especially for people with a history of oral ailments such as gingivitis or even recurrent covers.

These are some of the best oral health tips to keep in mind. Poor oral health has numerous effects not only to your teeth but also to your body’s health in general.it can affect your speech, self-esteem as well as nutrition. Poor oral hygiene can also affect the quality of your life and change your comfort. Most dental problems don’t have any symptoms, and that’s why it’s important to regularly contact your family specialist to counter these problems before they get worse. Long-Term oral health depends on one’s owns effort. You may not be able to prevent all cavities, but you can protect yourself from teeth loss and gum disease by staying on top of your dental care game.

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