For proper dental health, we all know that taking care of our teeth and gums is a task that extends well beyond twice-daily brushing and the occasional use of dental floss. Indeed, in order to provide the greatest chance that our teeth will remain with us well into our adult life, good dental hygiene must begin as soon as the first baby tooth becomes visible.
While it is true that genetics do play a role in one’s overall dental health, there are three easy steps you can take to help counter heredity’s effects. Here is a look at them:
At minimum, you should thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day, however brushing after each meal is even better. If you can’t brush after meals, rinsing your mouth with water can help to wash away some of the particles that remain on your teeth after eating.
When you do brush, be sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride as this can help prevent your teeth from decaying. Also make sure you replace your brush as soon as it begins to show signs of wear. When you brush, take care to ensure you brush each tooth as well as the adjacent gum area; it normally takes between two and three minutes to properly brush your teeth.
Taking the time to properly floss your teeth is one of the most important things you can do to maintain good dental health, yet it is the step that people most often skip. While brushing helps to clean the surface of your teeth, flossing helps to ensure that the areas between your teeth are also cleaned. While dentists typically recommend that adults floss at least once a day, brushing alone is considered to be adequate for children.
While we all know that the regular use of tobacco products can have a negative effect on our dental health, many people are surprised to learn that a person’s diet can also make a huge difference.
For instance, large quantities of sugary or starchy food can cause a significant amount of plaque that can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Regular consumption of large amounts of alcohol can also lead to dental problems.