The Dos And Don'ts Of Dental Hygiene
Developing great dental hygiene habits is an important part of taking care of yourself. Your oral health may be a reflection of your overall health, and dental problems can have a big impact on your quality of life.
Luckily, a large part of your oral health is within your control. Follow these dos and don'ts for establishing better dental hygiene habits.
Do Focus When Brushing Your Teeth
When it comes to daily self-care habits, who doesn't want to save time? However, multitasking isn't the best idea when it comes to brushing your teeth. It's best to give the task your full focus. Brush your teeth in front of a mirror so that you are more mindful of what you are doing and can think about the proper technique as you brush.
You should be brushing your teeth at least twice per day for two full minutes each time. Focus on the details of brushing your teeth, too. You should assess your brush to determine when it needs to be replaced.
Don't Forget Your Gums
Taking great care of your gums is an essential part of dental hygiene, too. You should be using mouthwash each day to help remove bacteria from the gums. (If you're not, it's not too late to start.)
Be sure to brush just under the gums, too, since that can be a prime area for bacteria. Reach back and brush all the teeth, including at the gum line.
Don't Go to Sleep Without Brushing Your Teeth
Everyone has an occasional slip when they fall asleep without brushing their teeth, but it's important to make an effort to brush your teeth each night before bedtime. Otherwise, if you fall asleep without brushing, you encourage the plaque build-up, and that can eventually lead to both cavities and gum disease. Nobody wants that!
To make sure that you regularly brush your teeth before bedtime, make it as easy on yourself as possible. You may choose to have a reminder set on your phone. Choose toothpaste you enjoy to make you want to brush. You may even set up a play-list where you can time yourself to ensure that you brush for the full two minutes that are recommended by the American Dental Association.
Do Make Healthy Eating a Part of Your Dental Care Plan
Preventative care is an important part of taking care of your oral health. It goes beyond the necessary actions you take to directly care for your teeth like brushing your teeth and flossing. What you eat has an impact on your oral health, too, so that's another reason to prioritize making smart food choices each day.
When it comes to edibles that contribute to cavities, sticky foods can be among the worst offenders, and crunchy foods aren't much better since they can get trapped in teeth. When you need to eat sweets and starches, do so at mealtimes when other foods you eat may help dislodge them.
Perfection is impossible, but you should make teeth-friendly food choices when possible.
Don't Drink Alcohol or Soda Often
Just like eating healthy is important for thriving dental health, what you drink matters, too. Try to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and soda when possible.
Alcoholic drinks can lead to dry mouth and subsequent tooth decay. Sodas can be bad for your teeth because of the sugar and acids, and even one can of soda each day can soften your tooth enamel.
Finally, seeing a dentist regularly is one of the most important investments you can make for your dental health as well as your overall health. Burgess Dental is committed to quality care and seeks to help empower you to enjoy healthy teeth and gums over the course of your lifetime.