Your dental care can impact your overall health. It is important to make sure that you take care of your teeth in order to protect your overall health and reduce your need for restorative and cosmetic dental procedures.
Floss Every Day
Flossing is one of the most overlooked parts of taking care of your teeth. It is important to floss your teeth every day. Flossing helps remove plaque and food that get stuck in between your teeth. It is the best way to ensure that your entire mouth is actually cleaned.
Although ideally you should floss twice a day, just like you brush your teeth, even flossing at least once a day will help improve your dental health.
Brush Your Entire Mouth
When you brush your teeth, you should not just be brushing your teeth, you should be brushing your entire mouth.
Make sure that you brush both sides and the top of your teeth. Hold your toothbrush at an angle to where your teeth meet with your gums, and brush your gums. Be sure to brush both sides of your gums. When you brush your gums, brush them lightly. Plaque can build up on your gums just like the rest of your mouth.
When you finish, be sure to also brush your tongue as well as the top of your mouth. Brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth will help you fight back against bad breath.
Watch What You Drink
You need to be careful about what you drink. Soda, in addition to not being good for your overall health, can really do damage to your teeth as well. Soda can actually reduce the amount of calcium in your body and contribute to tooth decay. Soda also coats your teeth in sugar, which contributes to plaque.
Coffee and red wine can also be tough on your teeth as well. They can stain your teeth and break down the protective coating on them.
Visit Your Dentist
One of the best things you can do to protect your dental health is to visit your dentist. Visiting your dentist for a cleaning every six months allows the dentist to give your teeth a deep clean. With their tools, your dentist can scrape and remove plaque that has built up in your mouth. Your dentist can also spot any cavities early on, and ensure that they are dealt with before they become a larger issue.
Protect your mouth by flossing at least once a day, brushing your entire mouth at least twice a day, being careful about what you drink, and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a deep cleaning and to keep an eye on any potential dental health issues.