A great smile isn’t just a way to make new friends; it also shows off your pearly whites! But having good oral hygiene is more than having great looking teeth. Maintaining good oral health helps to prevent dental and medical issues such as gum disease, bone loss, and even heart disease. Here are 10 simple things you can do for better oral hygiene.
Tip #1 – brush properly
This is the most basic step to maintaining clean, healthy teeth. For the the front and back of the teeth, place the bristles at a 45 degree angle near the gum line, brush in a circular motion gently massaging the gums. For the biting surface of the teeth, move the brush back and forth gently. Make sure you brush at least twice a day for effective plaque removal.
Tip #2 – brush your whole mouth
Who says brushing is just for teeth? To remove bacteria, make sure you also brush the surface of your tongue as well as the inside of your cheeks
Tip #3 – floss daily
Flossing helps to remove food between your teeth that brushing cannot. It also massages the gums to increase blood circulation.
Tip #4 – use mouthwash
The right mouthwash can help remove bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums. Speak to your dentist to determine the right mouth wash for you.
Tip #5 – avoid soft drinks and alcohol
These drinks are filled with sugar that can increase the likelihood of getting tooth decay.
Tip #6 – quit smoking
This helps prevent the onset of oral cancer. Smoking also decreases blood flow to surrounding tissues and increases the risk of bad breath.
Tip #7 – eat a well-balanced diet
Drinking water and eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables increases the amount of minerals and vitamins you need for overall health.
Tips #8 – regular sleep and exercise
Make sure you get regular exercise and plenty of sleep for better general health. Your oral health often indicates the state of your overall health.
Tip #9 – say no to pain
If you experience any pain, unusual smells or swelling in your mouth, see your dentist right away.
Tip #10 – visit your dentist regularly
You never know when dental problems may occur. Seeing your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups can ensure early detection to address any small problems before they become larger ones. Prevention is key!
If you are due for a dental check-up, contact our friendly reception staff today to book an appointment with your dentist.