General Oral Health Tips for the New Year
The new year is a time for setting goals for healthy living. As you look ahead to 2022, you might set your sights on taking better care of your oral health.
What can you do to ensure that you are doing all you can to not only improve your oral health but prevent oral health issues from occurring in the future?
Start with a healthy diet and lifestyle habits. It is no secret that sugar is not your mouth’s best friend. Instead, switch to a whole-food diet high in vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. Additionally, smoking and other tobacco products are detrimental to your oral health. Kicking these habits is no easy task, but your overall health will benefit immensely.
We all know that brushing your teeth is essential to oral health, but how effective is your technique? Brush in small, circular motions, making sure to brush the front, back, and top of each tooth. An electric toothbrush will ensure that you are brushing effectively. Benefits of an electric toothbrush include ease of use, gum stimulation, effectiveness, and better plaque removal power. Experts recommend brushing twice daily or after each meal. Don’t skip the bedtime brushing; brushing your teeth before bed prevents bacteria growth and decay!
Improve your oral health by mastering an at-home care routine regularly throughout your day. First, loosen food debris by scraping your tongue with a tongue scraper. Next, floss to remove food and plaque from between the teeth. Then brush your teeth for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Finish your routine with a mouth rinse, which can reach places your toothbrush cannot. Experts recommend using an antimicrobial rinse to freshen your breath, control plaque, or soothe your gums.
When it comes to your dental care, take a proactive approach. Routine appointments every six months are a chance for your dentist to catch any issues early. Seek care right away if you have symptoms such as tender or bleeding gums. Additionally, be sure to monitor your restorative dental care. Your dental professional can replace missing teeth or help you assess if your weakened teeth need crowns.
If it is time for you to have a regular check-up, reach out to Value Dental Care. Our trained staff is always ready to help you with all of your oral care needs. We offer high-quality care at affordable prices. Email us or call us today to schedule an appointment at our Spring Hill (352-684-1274) or Crystal River (352-794-6139) locations.