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Tips to Improve Your Dental Health


Tips to Improve Your Oral Health

How to improve oral hygiene

Oral Hygiene Tips

When it comes to your oral health there are some key factors on how you can improve your oral hygiene with the support of your Stuart, FL Dentist. Inadequate dental care can lead to heart disease, lung issues, and even dementia. We have compiled our top ten strategies to enhance your oral health. 

Brush two times daily.
Brushing your teeth after every meal can help prevent food from becoming caught between your teeth and gums and will help clean your teeth. In addition, brushing your teeth regularly can help prevent gum disease and bad breath also known as Halitosis.

Brushing properly takes 2-3 minutes for every brush, 30 seconds per area of the mouth, and vigorous brushing of each tooth, not just the area.

Pick a good toothbrush and replace it regularly.
Soft-bristled and electric toothbrushes are the most acceptable alternatives for keeping your smile clean and bright. Both options allow for gentle cleaning of your teeth without causing long-term harm like receding gums and enamel loss.

Brushing and changing your toothbrush can prevent germs. It is suggested that you replace your toothbrush every three months. Ask your dental hygienist about the ideal toothbrush for you if you are not sure which brand is best for you.

Floss often.
It’s time to start flossing as often as you tell your dentist you do, haha!  Flossing is vital for good oral hygiene. This simple technique is the only method to eliminate food lodged between your teeth before it becomes plaque. Flossing at least once a day, either before bed or after meals, helps maintain gums healthy and prevents cavities. If you have bleeding gums during flossing, you may have gingivitis. Not to worry, flossing improves gum health and reduces bleeding gums so rest assured by doing this you are on the right path.

A water pick is a fantastic alternative for people with dental work, sensitive gums, or irritated gums. A water pick securely sprays water over your teeth and gums to assist and remove food particles. This is not a replacement for flossing but we recommend using it in addition to dental floss. 

Focus on your tongue.
Uncleaned tongues, like uncleaned teeth and gums, can harbor germs. Consider a tongue scraper or a toothbrush with a scraper on the back to get rid of germs. This little device helps eliminate germs and freshen breath. The more you practice oral hygiene, the cleaner your mouth. When you come in for your dental exam and teeth cleaning appointment, your Dentist will notice a difference in your preventative care. 

Stop Smoking.

Smoking can cause tooth discoloration, foul breath, and major health issues like oral and lung cancer. In addition, smokers have inflamed gums, fragile teeth, and a reduced success rate with dental implants.

Drink less coffee.

Dark-colored liquids, including coffee and red wine, can become entrenched in the crevices and ridges of your enamel, causing yellow staining on your teeth that may require teeth whitening. In addition, coffee is acidic and can damage enamel. This can lead to tooth decay. If you can’t give up coffee, try consuming it differently. For example, drinking coffee with a straw protects your teeth from the caffeinated liquid.

Eat a healthy diet.
Doctors don’t only say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Dentists advocate eating an apple a day to keep your teeth clean and prevent cavities while also satisfying your sweet craving. Carrots and celery are crunchy veggies that stimulate gums and combat cavities. A healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, fowl, and fish (preferably organic) will benefit your dental and overall health.

Cut back on sugar.
Sugary meals and drinks, including soda, sweets, and certain juices and alcoholic beverages, can cause cavities. Because acids in your mouth build cavities, and harmful bacteria thrive on sugar when you eat a lot of it. Cavities and dental enamel deterioration can result. Sugar-free diets keep teeth healthy and free of cavities reducing your need for restorative dental work like Dental Implants.

Use Antibacterial Mouthwash.

Adding mouthwash to your everyday dental routine helps protect against oral bacteria. Not all of your mouth’s nooks and sensitive tissues are brushed. When browsing your store’s selection, look for mouthwashes that bear the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This mark is awarded to items that have scientific evidence of their safety and efficacy.

Schedule Regular Dental Cleaning Appointments With Your Stuart, FL Dentist

Many people only contact us when something is wrong, yet x-rays and regular cleanings are crucial aspects of your oral health care regimen. Early detection of small concerns can help prevent major difficulties. It also helps establish a comfortable and trusting dentist-patient connection. The more you trust your dentist, the simpler it will be to express your concerns and fears.

Just like your primary care doctor, your dentist is there to help you stay healthy. If you have discomfort in your mouth, don’t hesitate to tell your dentist so they can check it and take appropriate action. Never be scared to inquire about various treatment options. We will discuss and decide on a treatment strategy together at Stuart Dentist.

At Stuart Dentist, we value your comfort. Therefore, we are happy to provide exceptional treatment at fair prices. Schedule a consultation now

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