Good oral health is essential to your overall well-being. Not only does it affect the way you look, but it also affects the way you feel. Listed below are some of the essential tips to maintain good oral health:
In addition to regular cleanings, brushing and flossing are the best ways to maintain good oral health. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, each time using a soft-bristled toothbrush. For optimal results, use fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between your teeth that your toothbrush can miss.
Make sure to use the proper techniques and tools when cleaning your smile. For example, don't scrub too hard or put too much force on your teeth or gums. Make sure you brush all of the surfaces of your teeth, including the front, back, tops, and sides. Also, remember to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If your toothbrush looks worn out or the bristles start to fray, it's time to replace it.
Maintaining your oral health means keeping your gums healthy as well. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss them, you probably have gum disease. Gum disease is a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss and other health problems. Taking good care of your gums is the best way to avoid this serious condition.
Visiting your dentist regularly, ideally every six months, can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Professional cleaning removes plaque buildup from the teeth and below the gum line, where it can cause serious oral health problems. Not having your teeth cleaned regularly can lead to cavities or, worse, tooth loss. The dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening during your checkup to look for signs of cancer.
The dentist may also recommend preventive treatments such as fluoride or sealants. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and prevents tooth decay. Sealants are thin plastic coatings that protect the teeth from decay-causing bacteria. They can be applied quickly during an exam at your dentist's office and can last for several years before needing to be replaced.
Please call us at (623) 934-7606 to reach out to our dental practice at 8256 W. Cactus Road, Suite #136, Peoria, AZ 85381, and have a consultation with our dentists. We'll be happy to guide you further.