Maintaining your teeth is a part of a healthy lifestyle that provides lifelong benefits. At the offices of Dr. Parul Mehta & Associates, our hygienists, dental assistants, and dentists work as a team to educate patients on the best oral hygiene techniques.
Brush and Floss Regularly
One of the most vital aspects of a healthy oral lifestyle is a consistent brushing and flossing routine. If you are a parent, train your children to brush regularly. Plaque begins to form immediately after every meal. Consequently, the rule of thumb is to brush at least twice every day. You should be able to brush your teeth in under three minutes, which is a time investment that is well worth it.
Supplementing mouth washing to your daily brushing and flossing is a great way to clean your teeth fully. Mouthwash, particularly after brushing and flossing has loosened food particles, has the ability to clear away tiny remnants of food. If you find mouthwashes to be too strong or abrasive, you can dilute it with water.
Investigate Your Diet
You are what you eat. As such, your diet will obviously have a profound impact on the healthiness of your gums and teeth. If your diet involves a large amount of sugar, your teeth will likely suffer. While it is not necessary to remove all sugar from your diet, minimizing sugar can help your oral health and whole-body health.
There are other foods and beverages which can stain your teeth when consumed often. Consumables like coffee, wine, and food that use food colorings should be eaten or drunk in moderation.
Avoid All Tobacco Products
There’s a nearly infinite supply of information proving that the use of tobacco is bad for human consumption. Statistics back up the facts—even in the field of dentistry. Were you aware that over 90% of individuals with oral cancer use tobacco products of some form? The point is simple: Avoid tobacco products if you want healthy teeth and gums.
Routine Dental Visits
The best strategy to maintain your oral health involves visiting a dentist at least twice per year. Annual checkups help to identify any dental issues that may be forming. Catching them before they grow into larger problems is key to keeping your teeth and gums in the best condition possible.
When was your last dental visit? If it has been awhile, give us a call today to schedule an appointment.
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