Caring For Your Teeth The Right Way!
Caring for your teeth is an important part of over all general good health, and with good oral health is the sense of over all well-being. One of the most common health problems in many countries is tooth decay. This is mainly do to the poor emphasis on dental care by the general public. Poor diet, bad brushing habits, and over all negligence of oral care lead to different dental problems which need to be addressed with a dental visit. This can be very costly, time consuming, painful and stressful. Many of the dental problems people experience can be avoided with good oral hygiene. Contact Dr. Vito’s Office to learn more.
Simple and effective tips to ensure your dental health care!
Good oral hygiene starts with using an American Dental Association approved soft bristled brush with synthetic rounded bristles. It’s always a good idea to replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months, or when the bristles seem to be worn. Be sure to buy a new tooth brush whenever you are getting over a sickness or illness like the flu or common cold.
Brushing your tongue is very important when considering proper brushing techniques. This will freshen up your breath riding of bacteria and debris that ultimately cause bad breath. Proper brushing technique would be brushing outside, inside and inside surface of lower and upper jaws. An alternative would be to visit a sedation dentist in your area.
It is necessary for optimal dental care to brush your teeth at least twice everyday. Once in the morning and once at bed time. Be sure to brush after eating breakfast as this will help remove plaque. Changing the position of the brush every few strokes is also important when trying to clean your teeth properly. Do not over use the tooth paste. All you need is a small amount of fluoridated paste to get the job done. Brushing your teeth to vigorously can cause the tooth’s enamel to be compromised leading to other dental problems.
Flossing is an absolute must when trying to implement good oral health into your lifestyle. Most people however, do not like flossing and therefore tend to skip this part of the dental care regiment. Some good alternatives to using flossing string would include the use of brush picks, tooth picks, floss picks and special plague removers.
In many cases, some dental specialist and dentist advise the use of plague removers versus regular flossing string for good dental care. The dental picks are able to reach the nooks of the mouth that are typically unreachable with standard flossing. The use of toothpicks can be very beneficial to your dental care but only in addition to regular flossing.
There have been many studies which have indicated a strong correlation between oral health and general health. Not paying attention to the dental care can lead to many health problems such as osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and pregnancy problems. The bacteria causing the periodontal infection can enter the blood stream carrying the infection to many major body organs, leading to various health problems. Consider a periodontal evaluation if you have diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, respiratory disease or if planning to conceive a baby.
Smoking is one of the leading causes of dental problems. When considering a good dental care program, you should avoid smoking as it can lead to tooth discoloration, tooth decay, bad breath, and ultimately gum disease. Some of the other ill-effects of smoking include mouth bores, hairy tongue, shifting teeth, delayed wound healing, altered sense of smell and taste and jaw bone loss.
For optimal dental health, mouthwashes such as Chorohexidine or Listerine have effective antiseptic properties that kill the bacterial plague. It is also important to maintain a well-balanced diet, and minimize the consumption of sugary and starchy foods that are known to cause tooth decay. To maintain proper dental care, avoid eating between meals as it makes teeth more prone to decay.
Be sure to visit your general dentist every 3-4 months so that any oral concern can be diagnosed early. There are no symptoms associated with most of oral health problems till the disease has progressed to the advanced stage. Some instances may cause kidney problems.