You may have heard it said that a healthy mouth is the gateway to a healthy body. It is true. A good oral hygiene routine can keep you healthy. It is important to follow these five simple steps towards a healthy mouth and visit the family dentist regularly.
Brush with Intent
It is important to brush your teeth twice daily, preferably first thing in the morning and just before bed. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and try to brush at a forty-five-degree angle paying special attention to the area where teeth and gums meet. It is also best to change your toothbrush every three months.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Many people skip this step, especially as they get older and life gets busy. Flossing helps remove small food particles from between teeth and along the gum line. It is important to floss because flossing removes food and plaque that the toothbrush can’t reach.
Eating a healthy diet can also keep your teeth healthy. Limiting your exposure to sugary sodas and foods helps avoid the sticky film they leave on your teeth. Sugar and its sticky film attacks teeth as soon as it comes into contact with them, so limiting sugar can help prevent decay.
Lead a Healthy Lifestyle
A healthy mouth starts with a healthy lifestyle. It is always best to avoid tobacco products at all costs. Smoking and chewing tobacco both can cause oral cancer, gum disease and a host of other oral issues. It has disastrous ramifications in addition to dehydrating your oral tissues.
Get Regular Dental Check-Ups
One of the best things you can do for your oral health is to get regular check-ups and professional cleanings from your family dentist. It is recommended you visit your dental provider at least twice annually. They have the knowledge and the tools to clean teeth better than you can at home and will let you know if you should pay special attention to certain areas.
If it’s time to schedule your next visit, contact our team at A Smile Above today. Our highly trained staff is always happy to answer questions and help ensure you achieve your healthiest, most radiant smile.