We all begin to learn about dental health from a very young age, when teeth first begin to show up. But in spite of such early awareness, many of us fail to maintain good dental health through our adult life. Good dental health comprises of
2. Flossing your teeth every day
3. Balanced diet
4. Regular visits to a dentist or dental hygienist as well
Besides, we also supplement our dental care with the use of products like mouthwash or advanced mouth care systems. We should keep in mind that the lack of adequate dental care practices will result in cavities and gum disease which has proved in several researches over the course of many years. Also, it leads to other health problems like hear disease, diabetes.
It is generally advised that we use a toothbrush with softer bristles so as to protect your gums. Some of us prefer power brush systems that help break up plaque and bacteria in your mouth which is good but it’s not just enough. Tooth brushes cannot reach certain areas which only a dental professional can do. But it takes more than brushing to keep our teeth in good health. Some other steps need to be taken to ensure that we do not lose our teeth as we become old.
To begin with, we should understand our own oral health needs and plan accordingly since there is no one size fits all, everyone is different. Our oral health depends
1. On our diet
2. The type and amount of saliva in your mouth
3. Your overall health and
4. Your oral hygiene routine.
Try to follow a daily routine in consultation with your dentist.
One key aspect in our oral health is Fluoride. As fluoride strengthens developing teeth in kids and prevents decay in adults, toothpastes and mouthwashes containing fluoride should be used. Brushing and flossing will remove plaque, a complex mass of bacteria that constantly forms on our mouth.
Limit the consumption of snacks and follow a balanced diet plan. Tobacco in any form will enhance the risk of oral cancer and cause stains on your teeth. Visit your dentist regularly and get advice from your dentist, who is trained and qualified to provide your accurate information.
Dr. Manjula Alapati of New Smiles Frisco is graduated from University of Southern California in 2004, Since then she has been practicing dentistry of all forms including Invisalign Orthodontic treatment. Schedule your visit and commit to make change in your oral health. Believe it or not, having good oral health has many benefits.
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Dental Health Posters – http://nyhpc.org/category/dental-health-information/
How to improve dental health – http://goodhealthstartshere.org/post/How-To-Improve-Your-Dental-Health.aspx