is not only important for maintaining excellent oral health, it is also critical to your overall health. Practicing good oral hygiene helps prevent cavities and gum disease, but it also stops infection that can lead to heart disease or stroke. A quick brushing in the morning and before bed is not enough to preserve your healthy smile and promote good health.
Following a few basic hygiene tips will go a long way toward both a better smile and better health:
- At least twice a day, or after every meal, brush properly by covering every surface of your teeth including those at the back of your mouth. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle, near the gum line, using a back and forth motion. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria. Keep a toothbrush with you at all times so it’s easy to brush after meals.
- Flossing helps eliminate debris that brushing cannot. You should floss your teeth at least once a day, after brushing. Finally, use a good mouthwash to rinse out any loose plaque and eliminate bacteria.
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet and limit snacking. Sugary or sticky foods attack your teeth immediately. Eating fruit is not only healthy, but it also cleans your teeth as you eat. Chewing sugarless gum increases the amount of saliva you produce, which helps reduce the formation of cavities. Always brush your teeth immediately after eating sticky or sugary foods.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings. Your dental professional can clean away plaque and debris that accumulates below the gum line. Regular examinations will also help to prevent future dental problems.
Following these simple strategies will help you along the path to excellent oral and general health. It’s important to take good care of your body and your smile!