Many of us get the lectures from our dentists growing up about taking care of our teeth, but sometimes we get out of practice and need a refresher. At Oak Family Dental, our team of oral care professionals stress preventative dentistry, which includes you doing your part at home with regular oral care.
Basic Oral Health Care Tips
Brushing your teeth thoroughly is important. Avoid making just the obligatory pass or two and really focus on and feel what you’re doing. Make sure to spend the time to get all edges of your teeth, mixing up-and-down with back-and-forth motions with the brush. Get the areas along the gums and in the back of your hind teeth where buildup likes to hide.
Flossing is often overlooked, mistakenly seen as an extra step. One must remember that when you only clean the exposed parts of your teeth, you are still leaving all the bacteria, plaque, food particles and more that hide in between your teeth and gums. Flossing should be thought of more as a second half of a good brushing routine. Failing to floss can mean you end up with gingivitis, bad breath, and cavities despite all your work brushing.
One of the most commonly overlooked surfaces of your mouth during your oral care routine is the tongue. A large, spongy muscle with a complex surface, your tongue is the ideal refuge for all the germs in your mouth. Without cleaning your tongue, all the bacteria can jump right back on your teeth when you’re done brushing.
Start Oral Care Before You Brush
Start your preventative oral care before you even pick up your toothbrush. One of the best ways to keep problems from developing in your mouth is to be mindful of what you’re putting there in the first place. Sugary drinks like sodas should be kept to a minimum. The sugars are what the cavity-causing bacteria like best. Coffee can do a lot to stain even well-cared-for teeth, and the acidity of some brews doesn’t help, either.
The health consequences of tobacco use is something nobody likes to be reminded of, but it can be one of the worst causes of oral health issues. Smoking stains your teeth, causes periodontal diseases, and even oral cancer.
The Big One
Finally, there is the key to long-term oral care: regular visits to your dentist. Visiting dental care professionals at least twice a year is the pillar of any dental health routine. Oak Family Dental offers a wide variety of services, including preventative care. Feel free to contact us for more tips and tricks to make your oral care routine even more effective.