Proper oral hygiene is essential to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It involves habits such as brushing your teeth in the morning and night and scheduling routine dental checkups.
In today’s blog, we will discuss the importance of practicing adequate oral care.
The Importance of Oral Hygiene
When you think about oral care, you probably only consider cavities and gum disease. However, there’s a correlation between your oral health and your overall health. Left untreated, cavities, and gum disease can lead to pain, low self-esteem, and tooth loss.
Follow our expert advice to keep your teeth, gums, and overall health in check.
1. Carefully Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth twice a day is one of the most crucial practices for reducing plaque and bacteria to keep teeth clean. However, brushing is only useful if you do it the right way. You may be surprised to learn this, but you should only brush your teeth in small, circular motions. Additionally, you should clean the front, back, and top of each tooth.
We recommend you brush your teeth for about three minutes, but we also don’t expect you to set up a stopwatch each time you brush. Instead, you can play a song that lasts about three minutes to help you keep track of time. Make sure it’s a song you enjoy!
Furthermore, brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can deteriorate your tooth enamel and gums. If you roughhouse your teeth, you may end up with tooth sensitivity, permanent damage to your protective enamel, and gum erosion.
According to the American Dental Association, you should switch out your toothbrush every three months.
2. Don’t Underestimate Fluoride
Fluoride comes from an element found in soil called fluorine. It helps prevent cavities, and it’s a common ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwash; however, not all dental products contain it. A lack of fluoride can result in tooth decay, even if you otherwise take care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing won’t combat cavities if you’re not using fluoride.
Fortunately, several counties in the U.S. have added fluoride to their water supply, as recommended by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and the American Dental Association.
Reverse osmosis water filters strip water of fluoride, and most bottled water companies don’t use it. Does the water in your county contain fluoride? Find out by contacting your local government.
3. Don’t Forget to Floss
Many people skip flossing because they find it too difficult. However, it’s vital to your dental health because it removes plaque and bacteria from between your teeth, which are the areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Moreover, it helps prevent bad breath by removing debris and trapped food from between your teeth.
When you’re flossing, you should gently push your floss all the way down to your gum line and hug each side of your tooth using up-and-down motions.
Contact Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah
In addition to following the above guidelines, you should consult with your dentist twice a year. If your dentist recommends oral surgery, you can count on the board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah. We specialize in tooth extraction, dental implant insertion, corrective jaw surgery, bone grafting, and more. Schedule your free consultation today.