Your oral health impacts not only the beauty of your smile, but also the wellbeing of your entire body. Maintaining optimal oral health is a lifelong practice that requires care and thoughtfulness. Once you integrate positive oral habits into your daily routine, you’ll be well on your way to preserving the health of your teeth and gums.
Brush, Floss, and Water-Pick
When it comes to your oral health, the simplest tasks are often the most important. Brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as using a water-pick, are crucial daily tasks to complete for the health of your mouth.
Brushing and flossing are essential to the prevention of gum disease. When you brush and floss your teeth, you remove food particles, sugars, acids, and bacteria to stop the development of plaque. Brushing for two minutes, twice per day will give your teeth a thorough cleaning, while flossing will remove particles in hard-to-reach places. Make sure not to brush your teeth with too much force, however, as doing so could cause enamel erosion and gum recession. Think of holding your toothbrush like a paintbrush; hold it lightly with two fingers only. Electric toothbrushes are often preferred as most people rarely brush for the two minutes recommended with a manual brush. An electric toothbrush such as Oral B or Sonicare is more effective because of the rotating bristles and the vibration at removing plaque.
A water-pick, or water flosser, is a tool that can effectively remove plaque and clean in between the teeth as well. Water-picking provides a more thorough clean than the traditional flossing method and will work to preserve the health of your gums.
The foods and beverages that you consume also make a significant impact on your oral health. Certain foods, like sugary sweets, soda, fruit juice, refined carbohydrates, and acidic foods increase your risk of cavities. These foods can also lead to enamel erosion over time. Cutting back on these foods, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and using a straw to drink sugary beverages can help reduce the negative effects of cavity-promoting foods.
Other foods, like fruits and vegetables, cheese, milk, plain yogurt, and green and black teas can strengthen your resistance to cavities.
Smoking promotes cavities, periodontal disease, bone loss, and other health conditions. Quitting smoking can largely improve your oral health. Hypnosis, prescription medication, and acupuncture are treatment methods that can be implemented to help with the process of quitting smoking.
Contact Lowry & Obrochta Dentistry today to learn more about maintaining optimal oral health.