Your oral health involves more than just your teeth. It's your gums and your tongue as well, but your oral health can affect other areas of your body. It can increase your chance of a stroke, heart disease, diabetes and even preterm labor. Your oral hygiene is very important and should be taken seriously; this includes seeing your dentist every six months for a checkup, x-rays (if needed), and a cleaning. See below for tips to help improve your oral health.
You should be brushing your teeth twice daily for at least 2 minutes. Be sure to use a soft to medium toothbrush; anything harder can damage the enamel on your teeth. Your toothbrush should be changed every few months and swapped out for a new one after you've been sick. Use a toothpaste that has fluoride in it. Avoid using whitening toothpaste if you have sensitive teeth, as it can make your teeth even more sensitive.
Floss your teeth daily with floss coated with wax to get in between your teeth with ease. You can also use floss sticks that may be easier to use to get in those molars further back in your mouth. Flossing helps get the food and built up plaque caught in between your teeth, where your toothbrush can't reach. If you aren't flossing, you're missing a good portion of your teeth.
Swish mouthwash in your mouth daily or after eating to freshen your breath and to help clean your entire mouth, and prevent bacteria from building up in your mouth that can cause cavities. There's a number of different mouthwash types on the market. Look for one that suits your needs, or ask your dentist what type is right for you to use.
Eating And Drinking
Avoid sugary foods such as candy and other sweets, and skip out on sweet drinks like soda and sweet tea. Also, avoid hard/sticky foods and highly acidic foods. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Water is great for your teeth and for your overall health. Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals such as leafy green vegetables, lean proteins, and foods that are high in calcium.
Take good care of your teeth and gums to improve your oral health, to prevent gum disease, gingivitis and tooth loss, and to improve your overall health as well. For more information, contact a business such as Justice Dental.