Tips for Healthy Gums and Teeth
Since you were very young, you have heard how important it is to brush your teeth. But did you know that your oral health plays a vital role in your overall health?
Taking good care of your dental health helps to reduce your chances of developing heart disease, respiratory problems, and even dementia. So what are the most important parts of taking care of your gums and teeth? Read on for a quick checklist to keep your oral health in excellent shape!
Brush Twice (or three times!) Each Day
Every time you eat, food becomes stuck between your teeth and gums. Brushing after a meal will ensure your teeth are getting clean. Make sure you are spending about two to three minutes brushing your teeth. You can divide your mouth into quadrants and brush in 30-second segments. Brushing often will help you keep your teeth bright and help prevent gum disease and bad breath.
Take Good Care of Your Toothbrush
Using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush can help reduce plaque and gum disease more than manual brushing. Replace your toothbrush every three months, at least. If your bristles become irregular or lay flat, you should replace the brush immediately. Store your toothbrush upright and allow it to air dry after you use it. Do not store your toothbrush in a closed container because it can encourage bacteria, mold, and yeast to grow.
Brush Your Tongue, too!
Take a moment to give your tongue a good brushing when you are taking care of your teeth. Brushing your tongue will remove bacteria from it and help keep your breath smelling fresh.
Daily flossing is essential to gum health because you cannot reach the bacteria in the tight spaces between your teeth and under the gum line with a toothbrush. Gently slide the floss into each space between your gum and tooth. Floss at least once daily, if not after every meal. If you have sensitive gums, consider using a water pick for flossing.
Use an Antibacterial Mouthwash
Include mouthwash in your daily oral health routines to further combat bacteria living in your mouth. Mouthwash can remove the bacteria found in the crevices and soft tissue of your mouth.
Watch What You Put in Your Mouth
Tobacco, drinks such as coffee, and sugary foods all are challenges to your oral health. The ingredients found in tobacco products stain your teeth and are linked to an overwhelming number of cases of oral tissue damage, not to mention cancers. Dark-colored drinks stain your teeth, and some that are acidic also chip away at your enamel. Sugar causes cavities which are bacterial infections created by acids in the mouth. Bacteria feed off this high-sugar diet leading to cavities and tooth enamel decay.
See Your Dentist Often
Don’t wait until something is wrong with your teeth to see your dentist. Preventative care will keep your teeth healthy, strong and can help find minor issues before they turn into major ones. Value Dental Care is here to help you keep your gums and teeth healthy. We offer high-quality care at affordable prices. Email us or give us a call today to schedule an appointment at our Spring Hill (352-684-1274) or Crystal River (352-794-6139) locations.