A healthy mouth is the foundation of your overall oral health. It’s important to keep your teeth, gums, and tongue clean and healthy so they can continue to do their job of protecting your body from disease.
It’s not just about your teeth. Your mouth is one of the most important parts of your body and needs to be taken care of as much as your head does. Let’s look at some fundamental tips and tricks for dental hygiene and gum health.
6 steps to good dental hygiene
Here are the 6 steps to good dental hygiene:
- Brush your teeth twice a day, preferably after every meal and right before bedtime.
- Floss daily, especially between the teeth and under the gums.
- Rinse your mouth with water after brushing, or brush your tongue with a soft toothbrush to remove bacteria from the surface of your mouth.
- Perform regular dental hygiene checkups to ensure optimal oral health and prevent problems from developing in the first place.
- Limit the amount of sugary drinks you consume (such as soda) and alcohol intake (especially if you have braces or other dental work).
- Schedule visits to the dentist every couple of months.
Abide by this and you will be able to protect yourself from any serious dental issue down the road.
Proper brushing and flossing
Brush every day with fluoride toothpaste with at least 1 percent fluoride in it. You should also use an electric toothbrush that has at least 1,000 strokes per minute so you can get into all those tight spaces between teeth.
If you don’t have access to an electric toothbrush, try using an old-fashioned manual one instead. Just be sure to get one that is not worn out or damaged, as this could lead to increased plaque buildup on your teeth and gums.
- We recommend brushing after every meal.
- A thorough floss every day after brushing also goes a long way toward keeping your dental health in good shape.
Take good care of your braces
If you have braces or other dental work, avoid chewing on anything hard like nuts, hard candy, and ice cubes while they are still attached to your teeth.
It can cause damage to the lining of your jawbone during treatment phases to correct crooked teeth alignment issues caused by clenching habits during sleep hours.
This can further lead to future jawbone problems due to loss of bone support which could result in tooth loss due to gum recession development issues.
Perform regular dental hygiene checkups to ensure optimal oral health and prevent problems from developing in the first place.
Taking care of your mouth on your own can be difficult. It’s not something we pay a lot of attention to, and if problems crop up, they are often hard to identify and spot.
Good oral health is extremely important not just for your well-being but for appearance as well. Victor Minas’ Whitby Denture Clinic can help you assess any damage and suggest a good dental hygiene regime.