Poway and San Diego, CA
Your oral health begins with you taking ownership of it. Every day you have a choice whether to practice good oral hygiene efforts and take steps to protect your overall health. If you have children, they constantly look up to you for guidance, which makes taking ownership of your oral health an important effort. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
Brush and Floss
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth twice daily using an ADA approved toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, as well as flossing once a day. When brushing, remember the 2×2 rule, brush two times a day for two minutes each time. These at-home oral hygiene efforts will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Remember that your children also need to practice good oral hygiene daily.
Children as young as the age of one need to have their teeth brushed daily. And, as soon as their teeth begin to touch, begin to incorporate gentle flossing techniques into their daily oral hygiene routine. Studies have shown that children do not possess the cognitive ability to effectively brush their teeth until they reach the age of seven or eight years old. Be sure to monitor your child’s brushing until they reach this age.
Consume a Healthy Diet
For many of us, eating a healthier diet is always on our minds with the hope of slimming our waistlines. But, did you know that a balanced diet also helps your oral health? Try limiting sugary beverages to reduce your chances of developing cavities, and consider snacking on crunchy veggies to help clean your teeth between brushing. Crackers, chips, and other processed foods tend to stick to your teeth, harboring bacteria that causes tooth decay. Remember to drink plenty of fluoridated water.
In any form! The newest craze is vaping or e-cigarettes. Although there are reports that claim vaping is “safer” than cigarettes or chewing tobacco, do not believe the hype. Any form of tobacco is harmful to your oral health, as well as your overall health. Do your teeth, and your body a favor and avoid tobacco at all costs.
Routine Dental Visits
Often, people assume that as long as they brush and floss daily that they will not need dental cleanings and exams. The opposite of that is true! During these routine visits, the dentist can make a note of or address any changes in your oral health, instead of waiting until a seemingly insignificant problem evolves into a much bigger one. Also, professional dental cleanings are the only way to effectively remove tartar buildup, which is inevitable even for people who brush regularly. Leaving tartar on your teeth will lead to tooth decay or worse, gum disease that can cause tooth loss.
As you can see, maintaining a healthy mouth greatly depends on you, the patient, taking ownership of your oral health. For more information about oral health, or to schedule an appointment, please call please call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today.
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