Oral health is a crucial part of general well-being and health. With gum disease and tooth loss increasing in patients of all ages, it’s time for us to up our game with oral hygiene!
We all know how important it is to brush our teeth twice a day, but make sure you are brushing correctly and efficiently. Firstly, you need to be using the right toothbrush. An adult should be using a small – medium brush with medium bristles. If you have sensitive teeth, try a soft brush. Electric toothbrushes are a great way of ensuring you are brushing for the correct amount of time and without applying too much pressure. Ask your dentist if you are unsure which brush to use. Make sure you replace your brush every 2-3 months.
Regular flossing is also needed to ensure your mouth is as healthy and clean as possible. Flossing cleans in between the teeth and in the gum line, combating plaque and gum disease. Floss tape and interdental brush and great for getting in between teeth. But if you struggle with these, water flossers are a perfect alternative. Dr. Lamblord Sheth talked about this, so do your research and choose the best one for you.
What you eat and put into your body has a dramatic affect on our teeth. Sugar is a major enemy against our teeth, and is found in nearly every food product. Watch how many sugary treats and fizzy drinks you consume, as it fuels the bacteria in our mouths which causes plaque to form. Plaque is the soft, sticky material that builds up on your teeth. It contains lots of bacteria which can decay your teeth and will eventually harden and turn to tartar.
Smoking is another factor that will damage your teeth. As well as staining them yellow, it also encourages bacteria and plaque along the gum line. This will eventually damage and rot your teeth, leading to gum disease and missing teeth.
Visiting the Dentist
People rarely look forward to a visit to the dentists, but you missed keep up to date with your appointments. Avoiding them can lead to serious problems being missed, and larger issues down the line. If you are nervous, ring ahead and let them know. And if there is anything you are unsure of, this is the best time to ask questions.
Oral Care for Children
Starting young with oral health will help your child in the long run. Teaching them to clean their teeth properly will install good habits that will last a lifetime. Make sure they use a special toothbrush designed for children, which should be small and with soft bristles. Supervise brushing and set a timer so they know how long to brush for. Taking them to dentist appointments at a young age is also a good idea; make it a positive experience for them and allow them to get used to the unusual smells and sounds. Using a reward chart can also be a fun way of encouraging children to take an interest in their own health and dental hygiene.