How to Improve Your Oral Health
Health is an important aspect of our lives that we continually need to maintain and improve upon for a good, well-rounded, life. And this includes every aspect of our health, even the areas which we sometimes overlook or forget altogether. This includes oral health. Our mouths are a delicate ecosystem, which needs regular maintenance in order to achieve consistent good health. Any misstep can quickly put you on the road to a cavity, gum disease or even tooth loss. Taking care of your oral health, then, should be a priority for everyone.
With that in mind, here is everything you need to know about maintaining good oral health consistently.
Brush and Floss Daily
This almost goes without saying, but sometimes people do fall out of the habit of a good teeth cleaning routine. In which case, it is vitally important to get yourself back into it again. Stress, depression and the like are all causes for poor dental hygiene. So it is important to ensure that a drop in your overall health doesn’t extend orally either, as this can worsen your original feelings. Negative opinions of one’s own appearance are often a contributing factor for low self-esteem, unhappiness and depression.
For mouths that are particularly susceptible to gum disease or developing cavities, then brushing between meals may also be important in order to support your oral health. As any buildup can be much faster to cause issues and so needs to be maintained more stringently. At the very least, a regular mouth needs to be brushed twice a day, flossed once and using mouthwash is also advisable. Antiseptic mouthwash can be a good way to prevent issues like gum disease from developing.
It’s the simplest way to maintain a healthy mouth, but it’s all the more important for that reason!
Switch to Electric
The power of the electric toothbrush is not something that can be denied when it comes to good oral health. The fast rotations of the electric toothbrush is much more efficient when it comes to removing plaque from your teeth. Which means less build up, again lessening your chances of plaque build up causing gum disease or any other problems for your oral health. Choose the right one for you and your oral hygiene routines will be improved for it!
A good electric toothbrush isn't an exact science, but it can be difficult if you're not sure what you are looking for. Take these three factors into account: choose a sonic toothbrush which is capable of thousands of oscillations per minute, choose a rotating head for deep cleaning, and make sure you check reviews for different heads depending on the results you want to achieve. For example, you may have multiple heads for deep clean, whitening, etc.
Smoking is one of the worst ways you can damage your long-term oral health. The tar build-up is bad for your lungs, yes, but the toxins in cigarettes can also contribute to you developing gum disease as well. Not to mention the unsightly yellowing of teeth which accompanies the habit. If you want to ensure white teeth, with reduced risk of gum disease and mouth cancer, then quitting smoking is the easiest option to achieve this.
Watch Your Diet
Diet is one of the biggest factors which can have a long-term impact on your oral health without you even realizing. Sugary foods and drinks are more prevalent than ever, which can wreak havoc on your teeth if not kept in check. This is why ensuring your diet is as natural as possible is important to help cut out these harmful sugars.
Vegetables, fruits (full of natural sugar), organic meats and fish, and lots of fresh water is the best way to ensure your diet is as healthy as possible. Cutting out fizzy drinks altogether is a good first step. But, a good diet needs to extend to the rest of your eating habits in order to be effective over a long period. If you struggle to switch these sugary foods or drinks out of your diet, then start small. Replace one of fizzy drinks with a glass of water every day. Slowly over time you should be able to cut out these drinks entirely.
Once your diet is better, you may start to see a noticeable difference to your oral health and the comments you get when visiting the dentist. Fewer cavities and better long-term oral hygiene are the ideal outcome.
Is Grinding a Problem?
Do you find yourself with a sore jaw in the morning or wake up grinding (known officially as Bruxism) your teeth? Not only can this have an impact on your teeth, wearing them down, but it can have an impact on your overall oral health. The thinning of your teeth due to grinding can expose the teeth. Leading to increased sensitivity and even tooth decay in some cases.
Long-term grinding can cause the muscles of your face to swell due to overuse. Swelling of this nature can then lead to inflammation of the gums, prolonged pain and dry mouth. All of which can contribute to you developing gum disease over time.
In order to solve this issue, many dentists will be able to fit you with a mouth guard. This is something which you can wear on a nightly basis and it can stop the general wearing down of your teeth caused by grinding. This is the simplest solution, as well as a treatment for any of the symptoms you may have already developed thanks to your grinding.
Go to the Dentist Regularly
The true key to maintaining good oral health is ensuring you keep up to date with your dental visits. As without these, any kind of oral issue may be developing without you being aware of that fact. A professional dentist opinion is always better just in case.
Preventative care is just as important as treating your symptoms, as well as being less costly in the long run! That is why hygienist visits every six months or so should be scheduled in. As without these visits you could find yourself causing more serious problems.