When it comes to your health, maintaining strong oral health habits play a major role in your overall well-being whether you’re eating a meal, smiling for a photograph, or living your daily life. But how do we achieve healthy oral health habits?
We need to make informed oral health decisions!
One of the best resources we can use to make informed decisions about oral health care is through your local oral health provider, which is also known as your local dentist. Dental clinics offer many services that are specifically designed to improve your oral health. They can also give you some general information on how to keep your teeth looking great at home.
Additionally, your dentist can conduct checks to detect early signs of oral diseases and treat them as soon as possible. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do at home to keep your teeth looking as healthy as possible before your next dental visit. Here are some things that dentists recommend.
1. Effectively Brushing Your Teeth
You need to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Brushing your teeth twice a day reduces the risk of gingivitis, tooth decay, and periodontitis. Gingivitis is swelling and irritation of your gums and periodontitis is a gum infection that can result in tooth loss.
You should be brushing your entire mouth for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste to get the full benefits of this habit. For an easier brush, use an electric toothbrush instead of a manual one. It cleans your teeth better and makes it easier as well.
2. Floss Regularly
You must lean between your teeth daily. Flossing properly is an important technique to remove plaque buildup between your teeth. Plaque buildup can have consequences on your teeth and health. It can damage your teeth, cause cavities and even lead to tooth loss. It is important to floss your teeth regularly and with the right technique to avoid these symptoms. You can choose string floss, water flosser, or other devices.
3. Life & Wellness Tips
You need to maintain great life and wellness habits. For example, you can limit sugary beverages and snacks in your diet. Research has shown that increased sugar intake leads to an increased risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Also, do not use tobacco products. Research has shown that tobacco products have many adverse effects on your health. Tobacco products may cause an increased risk of poor gum health, tooth enamel discoloration, tooth erosion, and even oral cancer.
Dental vs Public Healthcare
Unfortunately, not everyone has equal access to dental care. Dental health care may be difficult to access if income is a barrier in your life. As of 2015 one in three Canadians do not have access to dental insurance. In fact, 95% of Canadians pay for a majority of their oral health care requirements on their own.
Due to the nature of high costs associated with using oral health care resources at dental clinics, it is important to ask your local dental clinic about how they can best assist you regarding your treatment and your financial resources. These at-home treatments will help you keep your teeth in great shape until your next dental visit if followed correctly.
It is important to consult with your dentist in order to receive detailed dental care and to optimize your oral health. Remember that dental prevention is always easier than treatment. Taking care of your overall health will allow you to receive better oral health outcomes in the future.