Tips for Optimal Oral Health
Oral health is so much more important than many of us realize. It’s about more than just healthy teeth and gums. Having a healthy smile helps us feel more attractive and confident, too! And good oral health is also important for maintaining good overall health. Follow these simple tips to keep your oral health and your smile in the best condition.
Daily Oral Healthcare
Your first line of defense against gum disease and tooth decay is a consistent oral health care routine. Brushing after every meal is ideal, but if this isn’t possible, aim to brush at least twice a day. Floss daily, use an antibacterial mouthwash every day, and use a cheek and tongue cleaner every week or so.
With this routine, you’ll reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease to very low levels. However, these issues still aren’t completely avoidable.
See Your Dentist Regularly
Because at-home care isn’t quite enough to prevent oral health problems, seeing your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and other preventative care is the next most important way to take care of your teeth and gums. See your dentist at least twice a year, or more if they recommend more frequent visits. For instance, pregnant women and people with diabetes need more regular professional care due to an increased risk of tooth and gum problems.
Support Your Oral Health with a Nutritious Diet
Maintaining a nutritious diet is another effective way to support your oral health. Fresh whole foods with a wide range of vitamins and minerals ensure you get all the nutrients you need to help support healthy teeth and gums. And snacking on crisp low-sugar vegetables such as celery and carrots is great for your teeth and gums too, as these crunchy foods help to scrape soft food particles, plaque, and bacteria from the teeth.
Another useful habit to maintain is chewing sugar-free gum after meals. Chewing gum helps promote saliva production, which suppresses the growth of oral bacteria. When you’re not able to brush your teeth after a meal, chew some sugar-free gum in the meantime to help protect your teeth.
Habits to Avoid
Just as there are habits that support oral health, there are habits that aren’t so good. Some habits to avoid include:
• Sugar is bad for teeth because it promotes the rapid growth of oral bacteria that form plaque, and increases your risk of tooth decay and cavities.
• Tobacco use—especially smoking and chewing tobacco—increases the risk of gum disease because nicotine and other substances in tobacco reduce the ability of the gums to heal from the bacterial infection.
• It’s also important to avoid chewing on things that aren’t food. For instance, chewing pens and other items, or using teeth as tools for tearing or ripping something open, contributes to a risk of tooth fracture.
Talk to Dr. Hashimi for Advice
Remember that when you need advice and great oral healthcare, Dr. Asra Hashimi at A2Z Dental is only a phone call away. Visit regularly for professional care to ensure your oral health is the best it can be.