Taking care of your teeth at an early age sets a good precedent for the future of your oral health. Those who develop a routine of daily brushing, rinsing, and flossing, combined with regular cleanings and checkups, put their oral health at a decided advantage over those who don’t.
But for anyone who did not establish a good preventive care routine at an early age, it’s never too late to make a change for the better. It can start with making adjustments outside your normal hygiene habits.
It Starts with a Healthy Diet
Establishing a healthy diet with food and drink not overloaded with sugar helps limit the effects of decay. Cutting down on bad habits, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, will also have a positive effect on oral health. For preventing structural damage, wear a mouth guard during physical activities and a nightguard to prevent grinding while asleep.
Good Brushing Techniques
It’s important to establish an effective method of brushing to fight against bacteria and decay, ensuring the utmost oral health. There are a few steps to take that will make your brushing habits more effective. First, make sure to choose a brush with soft bristles that will protect the enamel, particularly for those with sensitive teeth. It’s recommended you brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, making sure to reach every area of all your teeth, as well as your tongue, to remove harmful bacteria from these surfaces.
Don’t forget to Floss!
While most people brush their teeth regularly, flossing is still an area that many tend to ignore. Flossing daily in addition to brushing provides your mouth with the ultimate at-home preventive regimen. By cleaning out the areas between the teeth, especially around the gum line, you not only fight cavities but also limit bacteria from spreading beneath gums, which causes the onset of gingivitis.
Get Routine Professional Cleanings and X-Rays
There is so much you can do right at home to practice good preventive dentistry. Another important aspect to be mindful of is visiting your dentist for a professional cleaning. By seeing a dentist for a cleaning every six months, you receive care that removes any plaque or tartar buildup that you were unable to clean with your at-home methods. Additionally, having x-rays taken at least once a year allows your dentist to catch issues early, such as developing gum disease or abscesses.
Contact Us at Eola Dental
If you live in the Aurora area and want to start taking your dental care more seriously, contact Dr. Dinesh Patel. Our personable staff at Eola Dental will schedule your next cleaning!