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5 Ways to Bolster Your Oral Hygiene

5 Ways to Bolster Your Oral Hygiene

As someone interested in taking care of your dental hygiene, you do everything you can to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. You’re careful to brush twice a day and add in a daily floss, but you wonder if there’s more you can do to keep yourself healthy.

At Sendero Dental Studio in Rancho Mission Viejo, California, our team has seen a strong link between maintaining sparkling oral hygiene and keeping your mouth and entire body healthy. Follow these tips to keep your oral hygiene in tip-top shape.

The importance of oral hygiene

Taking regular, excellent care of your oral hygiene helps prevent you from developing major oral health problems. This includes gum disease, a condition that causes inflammation and bacteria to build in your mouth.

Gum disease not only can cause you to lose your teeth, but it also causes health risks throughout your whole body. When you have gum disease, you’re more likely to get many serious health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Good oral hygiene also keeps your teeth strong and healthy, preventing cavities and tooth loss.

Five oral hygiene practices that boost your health

If you’re looking for oral hygiene tips that go beyond regular brushing and flossing, these five practices are sure to bolster your oral health.

1. Brush your teeth with the correct technique

Brushing your teeth twice per day is critical, but how you brush is just as important as brushing at all. To begin, make sure you invest in a toothbrush with soft bristles and replace it at least every three months.

When you brush, remember to brush your teeth for at least two full minutes. During that time, make circular motions with the toothbrush, and brush every part of your teeth as well as your gum line.

Brushing your teeth too hard can cause damage to your gums and tooth enamel, so when you brush your teeth and gums, brush them gently instead of pressing firmly.

2. Use fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash

Fluoride is a natural element that helps prevent your teeth from decaying and developing cavities. You can ensure you get fluoride in your diet by drinking tap water if your local water supply is fortified with fluoride, and choosing a toothpaste or mouthwash that contains fluoride.

You might also benefit from regularly using an antibacterial mouthwash that reduces gingivitis and plaque. A good mouthwash makes it easier to reach areas of your teeth and gums that are difficult to get to with your toothbrush.

3. Eat healthy, tooth-friendly foods

Certain types of foods and beverages increase tooth decay, even if your oral hygiene is otherwise excellent. Try to reduce the amount of sugar you consume to no more than 10% of your calories, and reduce your intake of starchy foods and simple carbohydrates.

Instead, focus on eating a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fiber, and products that don’t add additional sugar.

4. Quit smoking

If you are a smoker, along with being at risk for various health problems, you have a higher likelihood of developing gum disease, having more difficult and slower healing after dental procedures, bad breath, and discolored teeth. If you smoke and have difficulty quitting, our team can refer you to programs and resources that support you in stopping.

5. Make your dental check-ups a priority

It’s important to remember to fit your regularly scheduled cleanings and examinations in with our team, even if your teeth appear and feel healthy. At these appointments, our team catches potential issues early you might not have noticed and develops a plan to stop dental issues before they hurt your health.

You should also make an appointment for a check-up if you notice potential concerns with your teeth and gums for a quick diagnosis and treatment plan.

With excellent dental hygiene, you not only will feel better from head to toe, but you’ll also keep your smile looking great and avoid embarrassing challenges like bad breath. Call to schedule your dental hygiene and oral check-up appointments today.

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