Good oral health is important for more than just your smile. Here are some reasons why good oral health is important.
Here are a few tips for maintaining good oral health:
The ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice per day for two minutes each time with fluoride toothpaste. However, it’s also important to brush gently and not press too hard. Flossing should also be done at least once per day to remove plaque and bacteria from the areas in between the teeth. Flossing your teeth helps remove plaque and food debris from areas of the mouth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Brushing and flossing, thus, reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Visiting the dentist regularly is the very best way to maintain your best smile. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months. For some people, this may even need to be more frequent. Not only does this give your dentist the chance to catch problems early, but it also gives you the chance to talk with your dentist about any concerns you have with your smile. Your dentist will also recommend ways to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.
Regularly scheduled dental cleanings are also essential to maintaining your overall oral health. Dental cleanings are more intensive than at-home tooth brushing. During your dental cleaning, we will remove more plaque and tartar buildup that brushing can. Cleanings also help decrease the bacteria in the mouth that cause gum disease.
Mouthwash is important for good oral hygiene, and it’s the first line of defense against gum disease. A fluoride mouthwash, for example, can help prevent tooth decay, and a daily mouthwash can also freshen your breath. If you have specific oral concerns, such as sensitivity or dry mouth, ask your dentist which mouthwash is best for you.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens tooth enamel to help prevent tooth decay. You can get topical fluoride treatments at the dental office and in certain types of toothpaste and mouthwash. If your drinking water does not have fluoride, you may also be at risk of tooth decay. The dentist may recommend fluoride supplements for children or adults who are at risk of tooth decay.
Alcohol use significantly reduces saliva production, which can result in an overgrowth of bacteria and tooth decay. So, avoid or limit the intake of alcohol.
There are multiple reasons why smoking is terrible for your teeth. One reason is that it causes bad breath. Smoking also causes teeth to get discolored and stained. Smokers are more likely to have gum disease, so quitting smoking will be good for your teeth and gums.
Many types of food can cause tooth decay. Simple carbohydrates like candy can cause tooth decay because they feed the bacteria in your mouth. When these bacteria feed on the sugars, they create an acidic byproduct that wears down tooth enamel. Try to limit sugary foods and drinks, and avoid snacking throughout the day.
To schedule an appointment with us or to learn more oral-care tips, visit Cascade Dental Group LLC at 1296 Commercial St SE, Suite 102, Salem, OR 97302, or call us at (503) 399-0724.