Cleaning Your Teeth
Prevent Cavities and Tooth Decay with an Oral Health Routine
Did you know that taking good care of your teeth not only prevents gum disease, cavities, plaque, and bad breath, but also improves your overall health and self-confidence?
Good oral health practice is far more important than many people realize. Currently, ¼ of U.S. children under age 5 are affected by tooth decay. And ½ of U.S. children aged 12-15 are affected. Additionally, up to 12% of U.S. adults have advanced gum disease. However, many of these oral diseases and health problems are preventable by making an oral health plan.
To improve your oral health, follow these simple steps:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps harden tooth enamel and prevent cavities. It is especially important to brush before going to bed to prevent plaque build-up overnight.
- Floss your teeth at least once a day to prevent gum disease. There are a myriad of floss sizes, coatings, and flavors today, so pick the one that fits you and your needs. Floss holders are also available if you dislike wrapping the floss around your fingers.
- Use an oral mouth rinse to wash away any food particles still remaining after brushing and flossing. Remember that mouthwash and fluoride mouth rinses are NOT the same thing. Mouthwash prevents bad breath (halitosis) but does not clean the teeth. A fluoride mouth rinse coats teeth with fluoride and helps prevent tooth decay.
- Remember the importance of healthy eating. Nutrition has a direct impact on your oral health. Eating a balanced mix of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein will help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco, since both have been proven to cause many oral health problems.
- Schedule appointments with your dentist twice a year. Even people who take excellent care of their teeth need regular check-ups and professional cleanings to ensure the best oral healthcare and healthy teeth.
Follow these easy steps to prevent the most common oral healthcare issues, such as tooth decay, bad breath, gingivitis, and gum and mouth diseases.
Many of these problems are reversible, so start practicing good dental care and oral hygiene now. Good oral health practice is the best way to keep your smile beautiful!