DO I REALLY NEED TO FLOSS?
Your oral hygiene means more than just brushing and flossing. By protecting and providing care to your teeth and gums, you not only are engaging in good oral health but you are also taking care of your general health. Actively staying on top of your oral health can bring you a multitude of benefits. Here we explain why you should go be making sure that providing care for your teeth and gums are one of the most important things you can and should be doing.
Here are some healthy tips you can follow to improve your oral health.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Only you and your dentist know what is best for your oral health needs. They can answer your questions and help you understand all the conditions and factors that affect your teeth, gums, the tissues in your mouth. They are also a great tool that can help you understand how the conditions of your oral health are connected to your general health. Let your dentist know of any existing medical conditions that could be connected to your oral health. This will allow them to provide the best treatment plan for you.
- Set up a routine which you follow on a regular basis. Be sure to be diligent and make sure you stick to your plan. After you visit your dentist, it will be a lot easier for you to come up with a plan that will help you. If you have special instructions or needs this technique can also be very helpful in setting up a plan that works for you. It is important that you understand your own needs so that way you can create the most appropriate and effective oral health care you need.
- Make sure you are getting the right amount of fluoride. Fluoride is very helpful for all age groups including children and adults because it can help increase the protection on your teeth against bacteria and other ailments. Fluoride can be found in certain products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gum. Fluoride is easy to add to your oral health needs. Your dentist can help you determine if you are getting a good fluoride treatment.
- Make sure to brush, floss and rinsing your mouth on a daily basis. While these habits are very basic they are very important in making sure that your teeth and mouth are always clean. Brushing should be done twice a day, but if it is possible to make sure you brush after every meal. If you work have an extra tooth brush and mouth wash at your desk. Remember that not everything in your teeth can be removed by your toothbrush, so you will need to floss to remove the food that remains in between the tiny spaces between your teeth. Mouth wash is also a great way to kill bacteria in your mouth as well as freshen your breath.
- The foods you eat can have a large impact on your oral health. Try to limit eating between meals and make sure to incorporate healthy foods into your diet. Snacking on foods that contain high sugar and starch affect your oral health. Instead, choose snacks like fruits and vegetables. Eating sugary foods increase your risk of tooth decay and cavities because bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar which produces acids. This acid production is harmful to your teeth. Acids eat your tooth enamel and make it prone to decay and cavities.
- For more information on preventative oral health care, give your family-friendly local dentist at Sedation Dentistry of Sunny Isles a call at (786) 629 – 1503 or visit us at 202 Sunny Isles Blvd Suite 9 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160.