Good oral health is important – not just for clean teeth and a pretty smile, but for your overall health as well.
A healthy mouth requires a bit more than simply brushing your teeth two or three times daily and flossing every now and again. However, the work is worth it, because good oral health can prevent tooth decay, gum diseases, and other dental problems – as major as oral cancer or as minor as bad breath.
Here are five of the most important steps for caring for your teeth and gums at home, to keep your mouth healthy…
- Brush at least twice each day. You should give your teeth an all-around thorough brushing (2 minutes, minimum) at least twice each day. A good rule of thumb is to brush after each meal. You should never go to bed with dirty teeth!
- Get all surfaces. Make sure to give the hard-to-reach sides of your teeth a good brushing, specifically the sides of your back teeth. And don’t forget your tongue! Lots of bacteria can grow there, and you’ll want to give it a good cleaning to remove plaque.
- Floss every single day. If it’s not already a daily habit, flossing should become one! Using dental floss every day is not only necessary to dislodge any food particles between your teeth, but also to maintain healthy gums.
- Use fluoride products. Dental/mouth wash and toothpaste products often contain fluoride, which is an important mineral that helps to harden your tooth enamel and prevent cavities.
- Balance your diet. It may not occur to you that food and drink affects your oral health, but they do! Sugary sodas and sweet treats are a leading cause of tooth decay and gum disease, and consumption of them should be limited.
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