When it comes to good oral hygiene, it is important that you understand that it requires more than just brushing and flossing and you have all the right reasons on why you should practice these and make them a daily habit. Good oral health is your gateway to achieving a healthy body as well. Practicing good oral habits can bring many helpful benefits which is the reason why you should make conscious efforts in keeping your teeth and gums healthy    and providing your oral health the proper care it deserves. Here are some tips on how you can stay on top of your oral health.

  • Take regular trips to your dentist so that you will be aware of your specific oral health needs. Your dentist can answer all your questions pertaining to your oral health and the conditions of your mouth. He can also provide education and explanation regarding the risk factors affecting the health of your teeth, gums and mouth. Your dentist will also be able to identify how the condition of your oral health can affect your general heath which is why your dentist normally reviews your medical history during your checkups and before performing any dental procedure.
  • Develop a good oral hygiene routine and make sure that you stick to it on a daily basis. After your discussion with your dentist about the condition of your teeth and gums, you can come up with an effective routine plan that you can follow on a daily basis so that no matter what, your oral care receives the proper care it deserves. This is also going to be useful if your condition require a special care like for example if you are pregnant, your daily routine should also be designed in a way that it will address how your oral health affects your pregnancy.
  • Make sure you have enough fluoride consumption. Fluoride is effective when it comes to increasing your teeth’s protection against oral health diseases. It can help your teeth resist cavities and tooth decay. Some of the sources of fluoride are toothpaste, mouth rinses, fluoridated water, and certain food. You can also ask your water supply about the level of fluoride in your area. If that’s still not enough, your dentist can also perform a fluoride treatment for you or he can prescribe a fluoride supplement.
  • Make sure to brush and floss daily. In order to have a clean and healthy mouth, brushing and flossing should not be skipped, there is no excuse for not doing these basic steps of a good oral hygiene. Brushing should be done at least twice daily and you should also floss at least once a day. Flossing is one of the things that is already being taken for granted but you should know why it is important to floss. Your toothbrush bristles cannot remove all the food and debris that get stuck in the spaces between your teeth and flossing is important in order to get rid of these debris. For a fresher breath, you can also use a mouth rinse.
  • Limit eating a in between meals and make sure you eat a well-balanced diet. When you snack in between meals, chances are you will not be able to brush your teeth right after. This will increase the buildup of plaque on your teeth especially when you have been eating a lot of sugary and starchy foods. Sugar has never been healthy for your teeth because bacteria feed on sugar. When you eat a lot of sweets, you are putting your teeth at risk of tooth decay because of the spread of bacteria in your mouth.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking does no good to your body as well as to your oral health. It can cause lung cancer as well as oral cancer. It can also result in teeth discoloration, gum disease and bad breath.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. You should take a trip to your dentist once in every six months so that you can get regular checkups and ensure that you are on top of your oral health.

 

For more information on how to achieve good oral health, call Downtown Atlanta Dentistry at (866) 574-9280, or visit us at International Tower, Suite 206, 229 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1600