Having bright teeth and fresh breath are the most obvious benefits of a good home care program for your dental health, but your dentist has even more reasons to encourage you to brush and floss daily.
A good dental health care regimen helps prevent cavities and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and, in the case of gum disease, increase your risk of heart disease.
Poor oral health has links to many other overall health risks, so its good to know all the ways you can help your dentist keep your mouth, and the rest of you, healthy. Here are some dental health care tips for you to use.
Dental Health Care Tips
Brush your teeth at least twice a day:
This will help control the growth of bacteria, stimulate your gums circulation, and make your mouth feel good! For good measure, brush your tongue to control bacteria.
Dont rush when you brush! :
Take time to brush each tooth, front and back, and on top. Use a back-and-forth motion, and angle your toothbrush so the bristles can get to the small spaces between your teeth and gums.
Use the right toothbrush:
A soft bristle brush is best. Use one that fits comfortably in your mouth. If you have an electric or battery operated toothbrush, these are better at controlling plaque and gingivitis (mild gum disease) than manual brushing. They are also a good choice for people with arthritis or other conditions that make holding a toothbrush handle difficult or painful.
Keep your toothbrush clean:
Rinse your toothbrush after each use, and store it, handle down, so it can air dry. Dont cover the bristles between uses, because this can encourage bacteria to grow. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months (sooner if you see the bristles are frayed) so youre always using a brush with sturdy bristles.
Brushing only goes so far. To clean the surfaces of your teeth close to the gum line, and to stimulate your gums properly, you need to floss. Use about 18 inches and wind the ends around each of your middle fingers, grip the floss between your thumb and index finger, and guide the floss between your teeth. Be gentle but thorough, working the floss below the gum line to get at the base of each tooth, and from both sides.
Watch your diet! :
A nutritious diet is good for your whole body, and that includes your mouth, teeth, and gums. Bacteria in your mouth convert the sugars in food to acids that eat away at tooth enamel. Cheese and milk, chicken and other meats, and nuts will help remineralize tooth enamel. Crunchy fruits and vegetables are good, too. Their high water content minimizes the effect of sugars in the mouth, and stimulates the flow of saliva to wash away food particles.
Schedule regular dental checkups:
Regular checkups can catch even small cavities early, reveal gum problems, and provide a glimpse into your overall health.
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