10 Oral Hygiene Tips for a Healthy Body
Oral hygiene leads to a healthy smile and a healthy body, but it involves a good deal more than just a quick tooth brushing whenever you happen to remember to do it. Yet most of the ways to ensure good oral hygiene are not that difficult, time-consuming or expensive.
As your experienced Vancouver dentist notes, it’s just a matter of being conscious of the importance of good oral health and the possible consequences of ignoring it.
#1 Watch what goes in your mouth
Acidic and sugary foods and beverages can cause havoc, as sweetness encourages the build-up of decay-causing bacteria, while acidic drinks and foods can leave an acid residue on the teeth. This can cause erosion of the enamel.
#2 Your teeth are not tools
Using your teeth to tear open packets or take the tops off bottles, bite off string or perform any function other than chewing food is a no-no. It could chip the enamel or the tooth itself and lead to expensive dental work.
#3 Drink enough water
Plaque build-up increases in a dry mouth. Drinking plenty of water will keep sensitive mouth tissue moist and assist your saliva in its functions of neutralizing acids and removing food debris left in the mouth.
#4 Brush your teeth correctly
Spend 2 minutes twice a day brushing your teeth using a soft or medium brush you replace every three or four months, and a fluoride toothpaste. Don’t exert too much pressure and be sure to reach every tooth in your mouth. Brush with an up and down motion, being careful to gently include the gum line. Once a day, clean between your teeth using dental floss or an interdental brush.
#5 Regular dental cleanings
A professional cleaning can help prevent oral bacteria build-up which could lead to inflammation and infection. The infection and the bacteria can spread to other parts of the body via the bloodstream. This has been linked to cardiovascular disease like strokes and clogged arteries, as well as to endocarditis, an infection of the heart’s inner lining.
Even if you have a regular oral hygiene routine, the dentist can get to places you just can’t reach yourself. It also enables your dentist to screen you for oral cancer.
#6 Be alert
Be alert for any changes in your mouth like gum swelling, redness or bleeding, or any sores or changes in your tongue, teeth or lining of your mouth. If you are concerned, consult your nearest Vancouver dentist.
#7 Have regular check-ups
Your dentist will not only check for cavities, but also pick up early signs of oral disease like periodontal disease or oral cancer. Early treatment may save your life. Preferably schedule check-ups every six months, but definitely don’t leave it for more than a year..
#8 Fight gum or periodontal disease
Gum disease is not only a threat to your teeth and the bones that support them, but it has also been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
It has also been shown to have a two-way tie with diabetes: People with diabetes seem to be more prone to getting gum disease, and those with gum disease seem to have a bigger problem with blood glucose control, so speeding up the progression of diabetes.
#9 Lessen dental problems
Oral hygiene may not stop you from ever needing another filling or having any other dental work done, but it sure will lessen the amount of dental work you are likely to need in the future.
#10 Prevent bad breath:
Bad breath or halitosis can be caused by certain diseases, medications or items in your diet, but the most common cause is poor oral hygiene. Debris and food particles left in your mouth quickly make your breath smell bad, as does smoking.
Cleaning your tongue once a day using a soft toothbrush or a tongue scraper will help keep your breath fresh.