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How Can You Maintain Good Oral Health At Home?

Posted by Dr. Ahlawat Aug 25,2022

Oral health means having healthy teeth, gums, and tongues. It also includes preventing tooth decay and cavities. Good oral health is just as important to overall health as good nutrition and regular exercise.

The American Dental Association (ADA) states that managing your oral and dental health is about more than your appearance. The ADA says that oral health and hygiene affect every aspect of your daily life. A healthy mouth allows you to speak, eat, smile, and laugh with confidence. By maintaining good oral hygiene, you can prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to bad breath, tooth discoloration, and tooth loss.

As part of your routine, introduce the following:

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing every day are crucial to good oral health. Brushing your teeth removes food and plaque that get stuck between your teeth. It is important to choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and to brush gently. Brushing too hard can damage the gums. Flossing removes plaque and food that get stuck between your teeth and along the gum line. It is important to floss daily and to floss gently.

Avoid brushing and flossing aggressively. This can cause gums to bleed. Bleeding gums are an early sign of gum disease, so be sure to check with your dentist if your gums are bleeding.

Use Mouthwash

To keep your teeth healthy, you must brush and floss them every day. Your toothbrush should be replaced every three months, and your floss should be replaced as you use it. For optimal oral health, we recommend the use of an antimicrobial mouth rinse.

Regular Dental Visits

Maintaining good oral health means scheduling regular dental exams and professional cleanings.

During the dental exam, your dentist will check for any cavities or signs of gum disease. If you do have a cavity, the dentist will remove the decay and fill the tooth. Even if you brush and floss regularly, tartar and plaque can still build up on your teeth. During a professional cleaning, the dental hygienist will remove the tartar and plaque that you can’t access at home.

Quit Tobacco

Tobacco is one of the most harmful substances you can consume. It increases your chances of developing oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. Quitting smoking is essential for keeping your mouth healthy.

Arizona Dental Heights, situated in Mesa, AZ, is equipped with modern technologies and expert dentists who provide the best services to patients. Call (480) 525-6000 and schedule an appointment with the dentist to learn more about the dental services we offer. 

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