Proper Oral Hygiene
December 14, 2010 § Leave a comment
In addition to regularly visiting the dentist, you must develop positive oral hygiene practices to ensure the continued health of your mouth, gums, and teeth. The primary objective of brushing is to remove the plaque and tartar that builds up between appointments with a dental hygienist. Failure to brush your teeth regularly results in tooth decay, gum disease, and gingivitis, all of which necessitate further dental procedures. Brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice each day using a soft toothbrush and gentle circular motions. Ensure that the backs of your teeth are clean, as well as the tongue. By brushing your tongue, you improve your breath and remove the decaying food and dead cells that tend to build up on the surface. Floss regularly (at least once each day) to remove the material that builds up between teeth. Flossing both improves breath and drastically lowers your risk for a number of gum diseases. Using a high-quality mouthwash is also an important part of daily oral hygiene, but should never become a substitute for brushing or flossing. Several foods that are rich in antioxidants, calcium, phosphates, and Vitamin C are beneficial for your teeth; these include: apples; strawberries; milk; yogurt; green tea; orange vegetables, such as pumpkins, carrots, and sweet potatoes; sesame seeds; and treated water, which often contains fluoride. Foods with large amounts of sugars and acidic items, like vinegar and soft drinks, harm your teeth’s enamel and should be avoided as much as possible. Consuming these foods significantly increases your risk for cavities. Also, smoking and smokeless tobacco are directly related to mouth cancer and other dental diseases. You should refrain from any form of tobacco use.