Your health is important to you; you eat right, you exercise regularly, do all you can do stay in top shape. But did you know that your oral health plays a role in your overall health? Issues with your teeth and mouth can contribute to health problems in other parts of your body. Furthermore, you self-esteem can get a boost from having a healthy and vibrant smile, as can other people’s perception of you. So, taking care of your dental health is just as important as taking care of your health in other parts of your body. However you, like many others, may be unfamiliar with the best ways to have top-notch dental care. We’re going to talk today about the best ways you can make sure your dental health is in the best shape it can be.
- Focus on brushing
For proper dental health, you should be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and up to three times. However, you need to make sure you are using the right brushing technique, and the right tools to do the job. For starters you need to be sure are working with the right kind of toothbrush. Many people mistakenly believe that brushes with hard bristles, reasoning that the harder bristles will do a better job scrubbing the teeth clean. However, these hard bristles can actually damage the teeth. Instead, you should choose a toothbrush with soft bristles that can clean without causing damage. You also want your toothbrush to be relatively small; you should be able to maneuver around the inside of your mouth and reach all your teeth. Of course, the right tool will be virtually useless if you are not using proper technique. When you are brushing, you should hold the brush at a 45 degree angle, near the gum line. Ensure that the bristles are touching both the surface of the tooth and the gum line. Then use a small scrubbing motion, moving the brush up and down and back and forth. This process should be repeated on every side of every tooth. Once you have gone over every tooth, you should brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth. This will hep remove bacteria, further helping your dental health while also preventing bad breath.
- Make flossing a daily habit
Brushing is obviously very important to your dental health, but it is not the only important thing. Flossing also play a key role in keeping you teeth, gums and mouth healthy. Flossing should happen once every day, but just like brushing, it must be done properly. To floss properly, you want to take a comfortable amount of floss (typically about 18 inches) in your hand, wrapping each end around your forefingers. To ensure you have a firm grasp on the floss, pinch your forefingers and thumbs together. Once you have done this, it’s time to get flossing. You need to slide the floss between each tooth, rubbing it gently up and down the sides of your teeth. When you get to the gum line, you should pull the floss into a C-shape and gently move it into the space in between the tooth and the gum. Slowly slide the floss back and forth, afterward taking it back out and holding it tightly against the tooth, rubbing it up and down once again. Just like with brushing, this procedure needs to happen on every single tooth. This way, you can be sure you are removing as much food, bacteria and plaque as possible.
- Pay attention to what you’re eating
The old saying “you are what you eat” certainly has a grain of truth to it. Your body reflects your diet, and your oral health is no exception to that. Certain foods can be detrimental to your oral health; for instance, you should minimize your exposure to soda, alcohol and coffee, because these drinks all contain high levels of phosphorus. While phosphorus is actually necessary for a healthy mouth, too much will lower calcium levels in your body; this will lead to eventual tooth decay and gum disease. Instead of drinks like soda, alcohol and coffee, considering drinking milk, which will help you build up your calcium levels.
- Visit the dentist regularly
Your dentist should be your partner in taking care of your oral health. You should make twice-yearly visits to your dentist for professional cleanings. Find a reliable and welcoming dental office and get started with taking charge of your dental care. Talk to your dentist about steps you can take to make your oral health as good as it can possibly be.