Dental Tips: Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

There are many different reasons why it is important to keep teeth and gums healthy. Good oral health will help in preventing toothaches and other issues such as gum disease and gingivitis. Research has also shown that gum disease and other oral problems can lead to an increased risk of issues such as heart disease. There are many simple ways to keep teeth strong and healthy, regardless of your age. From childhood, to old age, the following tips will help keep your teeth in good health.

Brush and Floss

The easiest way to keep the teeth and gums healthy is to brush and floss twice a day. Tooth decay and gum disease are issues for people of all ages and simple brushing and flossing can prevent a host of problems. Along with brushing and flossing twice daily, it is important to keep in mind that toothbrushes should be replaced at least three to four times each year.

Start Tooth Care Early

One in four children will develop signs of tooth decay before they are old enough to attend school, and approximately half of children age 12-15 have cavities. Oral care should ideally begin as soon as a child’s first tooth comes in. This generally happens around six months of age. Baby teeth can be cleaned with a soft brush or even a damp cloth. By the age of two, children should be allowed to try brushing teeth themselves with the supervision of an adult. Starting oral care early will instill in children the importance of keeping their teeth and gums healthy.

Consider The Use of Fluoride

Fluoride works to strengthen enamel which makes teeth less susceptible to decay. While too much fluoride can be bad, using some fluoride will help strengthen teeth. Fluoride is added to many water supplies and is also found in many mouthwashes and toothpastes. Too much fluoride can result in white spots on the teeth so it should be used sparingly and cautiously in children. It is a good idea to discuss fluoride use with a dental professional.

Try To Rinse Your Mouth After Meals

Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash, or even water if that is all you have on hand, can help prevent tooth and gum problems. Rinsing your mouth will help to wash away bacteria as well as neutralizing acid. If you cannot rinse with water or mouthwash, sugar free gum can be substituted as a way to rinse your mouth.

Eat Healthy and Avoid Sugary Food

A healthy diet is essential to not only oral health but overall health. Eating a diet that consists of essential nutrients can help lower the risks of gum disease. Sugary foods and junk foods can cause tooth decay. The sugar found in junk food is broken down by bacteria in the mouth, leading the erosion of tooth enamel and eventually causing decay. Foods and drinks such as candy and soft drinks can linger on the surface of teeth and cause issues and should therefore be avoided.

Refrain From Smoking

Smoking can not only cause the teeth to have an unsightly, yellowish appearance, it also greatly increases the risks of gum disease. Smoking also greatly increases the risk of oral cancers in addition to causing tobacco stains on the teeth and other significant health issues. Children should be encouraged to never smoke and adults that do should consider quitting. Anyone who wants to quit smoking can consult a medical professional for help and advice.

See A Dentist Regularly

Experts will normally recommend a dental check-up twice a year, or possibly more if you are dealing with issues such as gum disease. Routine exams normally include cleaning of the teeth and the removal of plaque that may not be able to be removed simply by brushing.

When good oral health is taught and practiced early on, it can lead to a life of strong and healthy teeth and gums. While there may be some instances in which oral issues can occur, regular visits to the dentist can help problems be spotted early on. During dental exams, your dentist will examine your mouth for signs of tooth grinding, gum disease, and oral cancer, so any issues can be dealt with before becoming too severe.

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