It’s essential to take proper care of your oral health. Poor oral health can negatively affect your overall health. Consider these few oral health tips to help improve your overall health and prevent the onset of any dental problems:
Brush your teeth regularly
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste is a great way to maintain good oral hygiene. Doing so will remove plaque that builds up on your teeth and along the gum line. Plaque contains harmful bacteria that can damage your teeth. However, plaque can be easily removed when you brush and floss your teeth.
Floss your teeth regularly
Your toothbrush can’t reach in between your teeth, so plaque and tartar can build up in those hard-to-reach spots. Plaque and tartar cause cavities and tooth decay. Flossing will help remove the plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. You should floss at least once a day.
Mouthwash is a good way to keep your mouth fresh and clean. It can also help kill germs. Choose a mouthwash that has the ADA seal of acceptance to ensure the ingredients won’t cause tooth or gum sensitivity.
Drink water after eating food
Drinking water after a meal helps rinse away leftover food and bacteria and also helps produce saliva. Water with fluoride is even better. It can help to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities.
Drinking water after a meal also helps improve digestion. It can help break down food properly. This will help your body utilize vitamins and minerals.
When you eat a balanced diet, your body is able to absorb nutrients from the food you consume. In addition, your body is able to fight infection better. By choosing to eat healthy foods, you’re also choosing to eat foods that are better for your teeth.
Avoid bad habits that can damage your teeth
Bad habits like chewing ice, biting your fingernails, or grinding your teeth can damage your teeth. However, these habits also affect your jaw, muscles, and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Grinding your teeth can lead to premature wear and damage to your teeth.
See your dentist regularly
It is recommended to visit your dentist at least twice every year. You can help prevent oral health problems and keep your smile healthy by visiting your dentist regularly. Your dentist can also show you the proper way to brush and floss and can show you areas that you are missing.
Quit smoking and tobacco use
Tobacco use is one of the biggest risk factors for periodontal disease. Smoking or using chewing tobacco increases your risk of developing gum disease. It can also cause dental stains. So, quit smoking at the earliest.
Valley Dental Surgery & Implant Center offers expert dental care from our dental team led by Dr. Jamah. For more details and scheduling appointments, call us at (707) 532-2441. You can also book online or visit us directly at 4737 Sonoma Hwy B, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.