Maintaining good oral health is a partnership between you and your Plantation dentist. As your team of dental health professionals, it’s our duty to make sure that you are well informed on how to keep up your portion of dental maintenance. Practicing good home oral hygiene habits seriously reduces your chances of developing dental diseases and severe general health problems. Follow these simple tips to get the most out of your home dental practices.
1. Keep brushing and flossing your teeth regularly.
Brushing is one of the easiest and most helpful steps to keeping your mouth clean. When you’re brushing, stay conscious of the various areas of your mouth including your gum line, both the outside and inner tooth surface, and your tongue. Spend special time brushing your tongue to remove dangerous dental bacteria. Try to brush at least twice a day alongside flossing.
Flossing may be so easy for some patients. Nonetheless, dental floss can reach between your teeth in the small crevices your toothbrush can’t. Flossing removes plaque and food that would have otherwise been sitting between your teeth to decay.
2. Swish and gargle with mouthwash.
Mouthwashes containing Listerine or chloride dioxide are very helpful to an at-home dental routine. They help to minimize the leftover harmful bacteria in your mouth when you swish and gargle after brushing and flossing. A big bonus is that mouthwash helps to freshen your breath. Don’t expect it to carry the whole weight of your dental routine, but it can definitely act as the cherry on top of your hygiene practices.
3. Keep a balanced diet.
What does what you eat have to do with your teeth and gums? More than you realize! Your teeth and gums are just like any other part of your body—they need good nutrition to function properly.
Foods that are rich in calcium and phosphorous help to keep enamel strong and durable on your natural teeth. Firm, crunchy foods that are high in water are awesome for your smile because chewing produces natural saliva. Saliva is a natural neutralizer for bacteria that causes cavities. Here are some other nutrients that can benefit your smile and the foods you’ll find them in:
- Calcium—almonds, yogurt, cheese, seafood, milk (low-fat), and tofu.
- Phosphorous—pumpkin seeds, fish, nuts, eggs, tofu, and broth.
- Firm, water enriched foods—celery, apples, cucumbers, and carrots.
- Vitamin D—cod liver oil, egg yolks, and fish.
- Vitamin C—bell peppers, oranges, kiwi, strawberries, broccoli, and kale.
- Antioxidants—berries, grapes, cherries, eggplant, tea (green), and cocoa.
4. Eliminate tobacco and alcohol abuse.
This will be a big favor to your teeth and gums. By monitoring your intake of toxins to your body, you could be saving yourself from oral cancer and periodontal complications. Our dentists will gladly check your mouth for signs of these severe dental problems, but we truly hope that all our patients are putting their best foot forward in trying to keep themselves healthy.
Visit Comfort Dentists
Visiting your dentist in Plantation is very important, but it’s not the end-all-be-all to good oral health. It’s still critical to maintain good oral health practices at home. Remember, early detection and treatment starts with you and maintaining awareness of your teeth and gums.
Communicating with our dental office is also key. Call Comfort Dentists today to schedule your checkup and cleaning!