Tips for Healthy Mouth Care

No one ever regretted taking good care of their teeth and gums. The problem is that many of us don’t follow a good mouth care regimen. Did you know that dental cavities and tooth decay are one of the most common health problems of Americans and the single most common disease affecting children?

Taking steps to reduce tooth decay has an effect on your overall health. The American Health Association reported that people who had regular, professional dental care had decreased rates of heart attack and stroke. If you follow these tips for healthy mouth care, you will reduce the risk of cavities, tooth decay and other problems.

Brush twice a day

The American Dental Association’s guidelines for basic mouth care still stand — brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time with a soft-bristled brush. Rinse your toothbrush after using it and allow it to air dry. Change your toothbrush at least three to four times a year.

The proper brushing technique, according to the ADA’s consumer website, is to:

  • “Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  • Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.”

Clean between teeth at least once a day

There have been recent reports questioning whether or not you need to floss. It’s still considered that flossing has benefits and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asserts that flossing is “an important oral hygiene practice.” The ADA recommends that you clean between your teeth once daily so that you can remove plaque before it hardens into tartar. There are several options for cleaning between your teeth:

  • Dental floss
  • Dental pick
  • Pre-threaded flosser
  • Tiny brushes
  • Water flosser
  • Wooden plaque remover

Does it matter if you floss before or after you brush? No, it doesn’t. A poll on mouthhealthy.org shows that 53% of people brush before they floss and 47% do so after. It’s doing it that matters.

Eat well

Eating a balanced diet of whole foods does wonders for your teeth. Some studies have shown that omega-3 fats, which are found in fish, can reduce inflammation in the body and help by lowering the risk of gum disease.

Reduce sugar intake

Your mouth releases bacteria to break down simple sugars, which can produce acid that erodes your enamel. This is how decay starts. Soft drinks and fruit drinks exacerbate the problem, because these drinks are sipped for a while. Sticky candies that adhere to the teeth are also a culprit of cavities. Be conscious of how much sugar you consume and take steps to reduce it.

Don’t smoke or chew tobacco

Oral cancer is linked to smoking and chewing tobacco. It also causes unsightly stains on the teeth. Teach your children to stay away from these addictive substances.

Make an appointment with a dentist

Even with a rigorous mouth care regimen, you will have plaque and buildup that can’t be removed with brushing and flossing. Most dentists recommend at least an annual visit and others suggest going every six months if you have weak enamel or sensitive gums. Contact us at TruFamily Dental to make an appointment today.

Preventative care is the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Creating a daily habit of brushing well, cleaning between your teeth once a day and eating a healthy diet will help you to prevent cavities and gum disease from forming. Making and following a healthy mouth care regimen will be something you thank yourself for later.

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