It is safe to say that taking good care of your teeth will ensure a brighter smile and can also help you to avoid costly visits to the dentist. But did you know that poor dental habits will not only lead to cavities, gingivitis and gum problems like a periodontal disease but will also have a negative effect on the health of your body as a whole? In fact, the mouth can be seen as a gateway to the body. Redness, inflammation, bacterial build-up, infection and more can raise red flags beyond missing flossing here and there!
Below are some ways good dental health habits you can adopt as part of your daily lifestyle.
- Brushing. Most people are aware that brushing teeth is important. To achieve healthy teeth, you are to brush your teeth twice daily preferable in the morning and before going to bed. Use a soft bristled brush that is gentle on the gums to avoid bleeding. The size of the brush also matters, therefore choose one that fits well in your mouth and is able to reach all your teeth. Brushes need to be replaced when the bristles start to fray and this is usually after three or four months. When choosing the right toothpaste, get one which is ADA accepted.
- Flossing. Another good dental habit is flossing and this should be done once a day. Chances are you have had some experience with particles stick between your teeth. These hard to remove particles can be easily dislodged by flossing. If plaque is left and not removed, it will turn into calculus or tartar. The only way to remove tartar effectively will be to have your teeth professionally cleaned. Therefore flossing can save you that trip to the dentist.
- Rinse After Meals. When you are done with your meals and are not planning to brush your teeth. Consider rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial solution. This will help get rid of particles that have been left behind and will keep your gums healthy. If you are not able to rinse your mouth, you can buy a sugar-free gum and chew it; the increase of saliva will wash away any debris still present after your meal.
- Avoid Smoking. Tobacco in cigarettes is known to discolour your teeth as well as increasing the risk of gum disease and oral cancer. The staining caused by cigarettes is hard to remove and regular professional whitening expenses will add up quickly over a period of time.
- Choose Your Foods Wisely. The bacteria that are found in the mouth usually breaks down sugars, therefore, be cautious when it comes to sweets. The broken down sugar will create a certain acid that destroys the enamel on your teeth. Some of the worst offenders include carbonated beverages, as the carbonation is known to increase the level of acidity.
- Schedule Dental Appointment. Another important dental health habit is to visit the dentist every six months. The dentist will look for plaque that is hard for you to brush away or other signs of decay. Many people have discovered early the presence of oral cancer, gum disease, as well as the wear and tear from tooth grinding. Catching these and other oral health concerns early have been known to result in minimizing the long term damage while increasing the effectiveness of the treatments.
Good dental health habits require only a few minutes of your day and can have a lasting positive impact on your overall health!