Oral Health Tips

At home oral care is the most important part in making sure that your teeth and gums are properly taken care of. Although coming into the dentist for regular checkups and dental cleanings are essential to having a healthy mouth, most of the care is done at home. Having healthy teeth and gums is directly related to having a healthy body. Losing sight of proper techniques can be detrimental in the long run. Dr. Zwier and his team make sure to go over oral health tips so that their patients can be sure they are taking excellent care of their teeth.

Importance of Daily Oral Healthcare

There are many important benefits that come with practicing good daily oral healthcare. One of the more obvious ones is having a beautiful smile. By keeping plaque from building up, your smile can remain functional and stunning. There are many other benefits of keeping oral hygiene habits. Good dental health prevents bad breath, cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and can help your teeth stay intact with age. Problems such as gum disease and tooth decay can lead to the loss of teeth but also further health problems. Gum disease has been linked to health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. To avoid such problems, it is important to practice good brushing and flossing techniques as well as having a healthy diet. Dr. Zwier makes sure to go over the importance of daily oral healthcare with each of his patients at their regular dental visits.

Brushing

From a young age, people learn to brush and floss their teeth daily. Though many don’t use the proper brushing technique.  The standard for brushing is twice a day for two minutes. Most adults do not come close to brushing their teeth for this length of time. There are a few things you can do to make sure that your teeth and gums are getting the most out of the time spent being brushed.

  • Use the Right Toothbrush: Different oral care needs require different toothbrushes. If plaque is a big concern then getting a soft-bristled brush is best, whereas if you want to reach certain places better than having a toothbrush with a smaller head is more beneficial.
  • Be Thorough: You need to make sure you are reaching all parts of the tooth. This means cleaning the inner and outer surface of the teeth as well as the chewing surfaces as this is where bacteria mainly get stuck.
  • Be Gentle: Some people may think that brushing vigorously is the best way to brush their teeth, but this can cause trauma to the teeth and gums. If you brush too hard this can cause the gums to recede away from the tooth, which can be cause for infection. Make sure you are brushing the entire area of the tooth with gentle motions.
  • Brush Your Tongue: To prevent bad breath as well as help overall oral hygiene you need to not forget about cleaning your tongue.
  • Take Time: Brushing your teeth is a very important step in making sure they are healthy. Most people have a hard time reaching the full two minutes for brushing time if you are struggling you can purchase toothbrushes with built-in timers to help.

Flossing

Many people ignore the importance of flossing, but this is an essential step in making sure your teeth and gums stay healthy. Flossing should be done at least once a day, usually at night as to get rid of any left-over food from the day.  Flossing helps to get out any food particles or bacteria that is stuck between the teeth, this prevents cavities, tooth decay, and disease.

Nutrition and Oral Health

Diet plays a big role in having healthy teeth and gums. Certain foods can lead to the production of plaque acids. These attack the tooth enamel which causes decay and infection. Foods that can lead to this are high in carbohydrates, starches, and sugars. It is important to diminish the amount of snacking done during the day, if you eat foods high in starch or sugars these should be done during a meal. Foods that have a high amount of sugar can stick to teeth more easily than others which can lead to oral problems.

Regular Dental Checkups

By following healthy habits at home, you can ensure that you are taking excellent care of your teeth and gums. Getting regular dental checkups is also an important step as the dentist and dental team are able to clean any plaque or tartar that is stuck, as well as notice any signs of infection or decay. Dr. Zwier encourages all of his patients to follow these at-home care steps as well as coming in for regular checkups and cleanings. To get your regular cleaning, call our office to schedule an appointment.