We wouldn’t dream of going a few days without showering or washing our hands, and the same should be true for brushing your teeth. Your twice-daily brushing is your way of bathing your mouth the same way you do the rest of your body, and keeping up with our oral hygiene routine is the best way to keep our oral health in tip-top shape. Clearing away the plaque and bacteria that build up over the hours of the day by brushing will improve your breath and reduce your chances of developing gingivitis or gum disease, but there are many things we can do to keep our oral health in good shape. To brush up on some easy ways to improve your oral health habits, read on for an oral refresher!
Treat them the way you want to be treated.
Some of us use our mouths like a second set of hands, but this is a surefire way to end up with chipped or damaged teeth. Your teeth should be used for one thing, and one thing only: eating. Avoid using your mouth to open packages, chew your fingernails, or pop bottle tops. Your enamel may be hard, but it is breakable. Engaging in any behavior other than chewing food is tempting fate. Additionally, be sure to wear a mouthguard while playing sports to avoid any injury due to impact.
Floss, floss, floss.
You’ve heard it said a million times, and for a good reason. Floss your teeth daily! Flossing is crucially important when it comes to clearing out plaque and bacteria between the teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. When left on your teeth, this plaque will eventually bore its way into your tooth’s surface, causing cavities and possibly leading to tooth loss. Flossing also helps to reduce complications associated with diabetes, lowers your risk of heart disease, and can help reduce the chances of developing respiratory issues.
See your dentist at least every six months.
Visiting your dentist should be just like going to your general practitioner for a checkup. You go to make sure everything is in working order and to fix any issues that may have arisen. It’s natural to be a bit fearful of bad news, but one should never avoid visiting the dentist to continue living in blissful ignorance. Most oral issues are time-sensitive, so the sooner you find out about a problem, the better your chances are of fixing it!
Maintaining a diligent oral health practice is something many of us continue to work on, but as with anything, practice makes perfect. Taking care of your oral health each day is your best bet at keeping on top of any issues that may arise and lessening the chances of developing cavities and gingivitis.
If you’re curious about what more you can do to protect your oral health, or if you think it’s time to schedule your regular dental checkup, give us a call at TruBlu Dentistry in Burbank, Chicago, or Hegewisch!