Oral health is the state of your mouth, teeth, and gums. A healthy mouth can mean many different things, from the absence of cavities to brushing twice a day. It’s important to focus on all areas of your oral health, including your teeth, gums, and tongue.
Maintaining good oral health is important for preventing cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. Here are some ways to do so:
Brushing your teeth is an essential part of maintaining good oral health. Unfortunately, many patients don’t brush as much as they should. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is a great way to remove plaque, bacteria, and tartar.
You should floss your teeth after every meal. Flossing helps to remove food and plaque buildup that can linger between teeth. When food is allowed to remain, it can create bacteria that can create cavities. By flossing regularly, you can prevent cavities from forming.
An antiseptic mouthwash can help prevent plaque buildup, whiten teeth, freshen breath, and promote healthy gums. Use it after brushing and flossing your teeth.
Eating a balanced diet is important for your oral health. A diet that is low in sugar and acidic is better for your teeth. Avoid eating sugary snacks and beverages. If you do consume these, try to rinse your mouth with water afterward.
Avoid acidic foods and beverages, such as citrus, fruit juices, soda, and coffee.
Do not chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods, which can damage your teeth.
Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your oral health. The tar in cigarettes is very hard on your teeth, and it even causes discoloration. Smoking can also raise your risk for gum disease and oral cancer. However, once your teeth and gums have healed, it’s important to avoid using tobacco products.
Regular dental visits are important for everyone, but especially for people who have diabetes. That’s because people with diabetes are at a higher risk for oral health conditions than people without the disease. This includes gum disease, dry mouth, fungal infections, and more.
Sugary drinks and teeth-staining beverages, such as coffee, dark tea, wine, and soda, can erode your enamel. By reducing your consumption of these beverages, you will be better able to preserve your enamel.
Please feel free to stop by our dental offices for a checkup. Book your slot by calling us at (281) 991-6530 or visiting us at 6429 Fairmont Pkwy Ste # 101, Pasadena, TX 77505.