Maintaining good dental hygiene is an important part of keeping your gums and teeth healthy. What’s more, good dental hygiene can also save you hundreds of dollars in oral health care costs. For tips on preventing gingivitis, gum disease, and maintaining good oral hygiene, read on:
It’s not only enough to brush three times a day; you should be brushing after every meal, and implementing the right brushing techniques. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association recommends the following:
- Placing bristles along the gumline at a 45-degree angle;
- Brushing outer tooth surfaces using a vibrating rolling back and forth motion;
- Tilting brush vertically behind front teeth; and
- Gentling scrubbing biting surface of teeth.
It is also recommended that you replace your toothbrush every four to five months in order to ensure the quality of bristles and prevent bacteria growth.
I’ve visited a Wichita dentist and he advised me that brushing can work wonders on the teeth, flossing is extremely important for the gums. Glide floss between teeth, and gently scrape the inside of each tooth’s edge, moving the floss up and down. You should floss at least once daily, preferably before bed.
Consider a Fluoride Application
Most drinking water has fluoride added in. However, if your drinking water does not have added fluoride, you should speak with your dentist about a fluoride application. Or, speak with your dentist about the best mouthwash and toothpaste products that contain fluoride. Too much fluoride can be disadvantageous; use per a dentist’s recommendation, especially for young children.
Don’t Smoke or Chew Tobacco
Smoking or/and chewing tobacco can wreak havoc on the gums and teeth and can lead to gum disease and oral cancer. If you’re currently a smoker or tobacco chewer, consider quitting.
Practice Good Dietary Habits
Your diet plays an important role in the health of your teeth; consuming high-sugar foods and beverages on a regular basis can result in tooth decay. Instead, try to avoid any foods or beverages with added sugars, including fruit juices, soda, bubblegum, and candy.
If you do eat sugary substances, one of the best things that you can do is to rinse your mouth out directly after eating. Rinsing your mouth out with water can help to remove sugar; rinsing with an antibacterial rinse can eradicate bacteria, helping to prevent gum and tooth decay.
Schedule Routine Dental Exams
A yearly dental exam is important – if anything out of the ordinary is noticed, your dentist can help to correct the problem before it worsens. A yearly cleaning can also help to keep your pearly whites shining bright. If it’s been awhile since you’ve last seen your dentist, schedule an appointment today.