When it comes to oral health, it is imperative that you follow a good oral hygiene routine that will keep your teeth and gums healthy, however, there are some other oral health tips to consider if you want to keep your smile.
The Right Brush-Choosing the right toothbrush is imperative and one of the most important oral health tips to remember. Choose a soft bristled toothbrush that is easy to hold. If you have arthritis and have trouble brushing, try a mechanical or powered toothbrush. Swap out your brush every three months or when the bristles are worn.
Floss Everyday-Flossing is the only way to remove food particles, debris, and plaque from your teeth and gums. Floss before you brush to remove food particles that you may miss if you floss after you brush. Talk to Dr. Ivan if you need a flossing refresher course. Remember, you are only half-finished if you don’t floss.
Sugary Foods-Skip the sweet stuff and opt for fresh veggies or nuts for snacks. Tooth decay is chronic in both adults and children, with sugary foods being the main culprit. Sugars are eaten up by oral bacteria releasing tooth-attacking acids. This weakens the enamel on your teeth and will cause cavities.
Regular Dental Checkups-It is imperative that you schedule regular dental appointments with Dr. Ivan. Twice yearly checkups, or more if you suffer from diabetes, will help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. During your checkup ask for an oral cancer screening and make sure you have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis.
Stop Bad Oral Health Habits-Tobacco products, too much alcohol and chewing on pencils, ice, and your fingernails can cause problems for your teeth and gums. Oral piercing can also cause damage to your mouth. If you play sports without a mouthguard, talk to Dr. Ivan about a custom-made mouth protector.
Drink Lots of Water-Drinking at least eight glasses of water each day will keep your mouth moist. Mouth dryness will increase plaque accumulation putting you at risk for gum disease and tooth decay. People who take medications should drink more water to stay hydrated. Water helps your salivary glands while buffering acid that can damage your teeth. Water also helps with digestion and can help protect your teeth from dental caries.
If you can’t remember the last time you had a dental checkup, or would like some additional oral health tips, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan today.