Are you taking good care of your teeth and gums? Sometimes it can be hard to tell! One of the best things you can do for your oral health, however, is to check in on your dental hygiene habits. That’s why we’ve created this simple checklist to help you evaluate your oral health routines. Here are a few things you need to do regularly to keep your mouth in good condition.
You brush your teeth at least twice per day.
One of the most well-known and important elements of a solid dental hygiene routine is regular brushing. You should brush your teeth at least every morning and night for two minutes each. Also make sure you don’t forget to brush those hard-to-reach spots like behind the front teeth and on the molars. It is also important to brush your tongue, as it harbors a majority of the bacteria that lingers in your mouth.
You floss after eating.
Unfortunately, we find many people tend to skip this all-important step in the dental hygiene routine. Flossing is one of the best ways to prevent common oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay with an efficacy that is not easily replicated by brushing or using mouth rinse. Therefore, if you floss after your meals and at least once each night, then you are right on track to a solid oral healthcare regimen.
You visit your dentist every six months.
Did you know that, according to the American Dental Association, it is important to visit your dentist at least once every six months? By doing so, your dentist can help to prevent a myriad of oral health issues including tooth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer. You’ll also receive a thorough professional teeth cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar buildup from those tough-to-reach places. Visiting your dentist is ultimately one of the best things you can do for your oral health!
You drink eight 8-oz glasses of water a day.
Staying hydrated can greatly benefit your oral health. For starters, drinking plenty of fluoridated water helps to fortify your dental enamel and protect your teeth from decay. Drinking water also helps to rinse away bacteria and food particles and combat the symptoms of dry mouth. As an added bonus, drinking water is also great for your overall health as well.
You maintain a healthy, low-sugar diet.
Sugary foods can be quite harmful to your teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque feast on the sugars in your food and, after about 20 minutes, release harmful acids. Therefore, if you eat a lot of sugar, you’re exposing your teeth and gums to repeated “acid attacks.” Instead, you want to make sure you’re eating plenty of fibrous fruits and vegetables which stimulate your saliva production, as well as dairy products that provide calcium to strengthen your teeth and jaw bone.
Do you want to check in on your oral health? We can help! Call TruBlu Dentistry in Chicago, Burbank, and Hegewisch today to set up your next appointment.