Meetings, kids, work, it’s a lot to remember each day. Your oral health my not be the first thing on your mind, or even the 10th when you get up in the morning or through out your day. It is however a very important thing to always keep in mind. We have featured in the last weeks and months different studies on how oral health affects your overall health.
To help you get a jumpstart on taking control of your oral health here are some quick tips.
Flossing removes plaque from between teeth and out from under the gum line, where a toothbrush can’t reach. Doing this daily helps prevent tooth decay and gingivitis. When left alone, plaque and tartar accumulate under the surface of the gum lines causing periodontal disease, which results in bone destruction and tooth loss.
To floss properly, wrap your floss tightly against your tooth and gently slide up and down under the gum lines two to three times. If bleeding occurs, this is most likely due to gingivitis or gum disease. When flossing daily, the bleeding associated with mild to moderate gingivitis usually discontinues after approximately two weeks.
Twice a Year Checkups
Having routine dental checkups and cleanings every six months helps to promote good oral health as well as a beautiful smile. When cleanings are irregular, periodontal disease can develop. While this can cause unsightly swollen, receding and bleeding gums, it is also linked to health conditions like hear attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, premature births and sleep apnea.
More Reasons for Checkups
In addition to removing stain and tartar from your teeth, your dental hygienist will also screen for health conditions like high blood pressure and oral cancer.
Smoking causes staining to the teeth, which can yellow your smile. The stain from smoke is sometimes a superficial stain that can be polished off, but it can also soak deep into the enamel.
Smoking also inhibits healthy gums, allowing the gums to recede and develop large pockets around the teeth. This causes the teeth to appear longer and have dark spaces between them. Smoking also makes it very difficult to reverse gum disease.
Limit Your Coffee and Tea
Drinks like coffee and tea are known for causing stain to the teeth. Similar to smoking, the stain from these drinks can buildup a superficial stain that your dentist or hygienist can polish off, but it can also cause internal staining of the tooth enamel as well.
Drinking through a straw can help reduce the amount of stain on your teeth and may also help reduce the risk of tooth decay. It can also help to rinse your mouth frequently with water so that the dark liquid does not sit on your teeth for a long period between meals.
Buy The Right Kind of Tooth Brush
You get what you pay for, and when it comes to toothbrushes its no different. Top of the line electric toothbrushes are clinically shown to remove more plaque and achieve healthier gums than standard manual toothbrushes. If you’re not ready to spend the kind of money for an electric toothbrush, be sure to purchase a soft bristled manual brush. While medium and hard bristled brushes are readily available on the market, dental professionals adamantly advise against their use. Stiffer bristles and aggressive brushing causes gums to recede and can wear enamel away from the teeth.
Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
Even though this seems like common sense, many people still need to be reminded to brush their teeth at least twice a day. Because plaque can harden into tartar, frequent brushing allows the teeth to stay whiter and healthier than in people who brush infrequently.
How you brush is also important. Angle the bristles toward the gumline at a 45-degree angle, with just enough pressure to cause the tissue to blanch.
Water Water Water
Water is the healthiest drink for your smile and your body. It helps flush teeth clean and discourages tooth decay. Tap water is the best choice as it has the recommended dosage of fluoride. Many times bottled water comes from a source where the fluoride levels are not monitored, or contain no flouride at all. A healthy level of fluoride promotes tooth health and discourages decay.
Get Dental Treatment as Soon as Problem is Noticed
Dental conditions never correct themselves on their own. Tooth decay if left untreated can easily transform a small cavity into a large tooth abscess. It is possible that a spot where a tiny filling may have been all that was needed, it may now require a root canal and a crown.
Treating tooth decay early means that smaller and less invasive dental restorations will be required. This helps maintain the structure and stability of the remaining tooth, not to mention keeps treatment costs lower. If left untreated, decay can spread to other teeth and may cause infections throughout the rest of the body.
Posted from Houston, Texas, United States.