It Takes More Than Just Brushing
OK so you know about brushing and flossing. There are other steps you should take if you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime. Some people assume they will lose their teeth as they age. That doesn’t have to happen! Below are some suggestions for you in order to achieve a healthy mouth that last a lifetime.
Eight Steps to Dental Health
- Understand your own oral health needs- Some medications, including more than 300 common drugs can reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth, resulting in dry mouth. Woman who are pregnant often go through oral changes. Patients with asthma often breath through their mouth, which in turn can result in dry mouth and increased plaque. People with braces often have difficulty cleaning their teeth and develop more plaque.
- Commit to a daily oral health routine- Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about your oral health practices. Based on your discussion come up with an effective plan or routine.
- Use fluoride products- Everyone can benefit from fluoride not just children. Fluoride strengthens developing teeth in children. It also helps prevent decay in children and adults.
- Brush and floss to remove plaque- Everyone should brush at least twice a day. In addition, you should at least floss once a day. These activities remove plaque, which is a complex mass of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth.
- Limit snacks, and eat a balanced diet- Every time you eat bits of food become lodged in and around your teeth. This food provides fuel for the bacteria in plaque. This occurs more often when eating snacks and food stays on your teeth for a while.
- If you use tobacco in any form, quit- Smoking or using smokeless tobacco increases your risk in oral cancer and gingivitis, periodontal disease and tooth decay. Using tobacco also contributes to bad breath and stains your teeth.
- Examine your mouth regularly- Your dentist and hygienist see you only a few times a year, but you can examine your mouth weekly to look for changes that might be of concern.
- Visit the dentist office regularly- Discuss with your dentist how often you should be seen. If you are on medications, a diabetic or prone to cavities he/she may suggest you visit the dentist more often than just a couple of times a year.