Oral Health Tips for Your Family
Good oral hygiene reduces cavities, keeps bad breath at bay and reduces the risk that you’ll lose teeth or wear dentures later in life. But, good oral hygiene involves far more than brushing your teeth twice daily (thought of considerable importance.) Set a goal to maintain the best oral hygiene possible, using the 12 tips below to reach a new level of exceptional oral health.
1- Brush Your Teeth for 2-Minutes
Don’t rush to brush! Spend two minutes of your time, twice per day, brushing your teeth! This simple act protects your teeth and ensures a lifetime of the best oral health. Brush the front and back of the teeth and don’t forget the teeth in the back of your mouth. Set a timer to ensure that you’ve brushed for the right amount of time.
2- Brush Your Tongue
Your tongue is very absorbent and as result, harbors millions of bacteria. The only way to remove the bacteria is by brushing your tongue. There are specialty brushes available if you’d prefer a product specific for tongue-brushing, although your toothbrush should suit the job if you don’t wish to make the purchase.
3- Choose the Right Toothpaste
Choose a toothpaste labeled with the CDA Seal. this seal ensures that product that you’ve chosen will deliver the benefits they claim since they are backed by scientific research. Whitening toothpastes, minty-fresh, tartar fighting, sensitive teeth formula, and many other varieties of toothpaste sold on the shelves at healthcare stores contain the CDA Seal. Browse the options and choose a toothpaste the meets your oral health needs.
4- Drink More Water
Water is the best thirst-quencher around. It contains fluoride which is important for your teeth. Best of all, it is absolutely free if you pour from the tap. Drinking water rinses off any sugars or food particles stuck-on the teeth, reduces the amount of sugary sweet drinks you consume, and has a slew of additional health benefits. Unarguably, water is the best drink that you can reach for.
5- Replace Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Not only should you keep your toothbrush (a minimum) of 10-ft. From a toilet, it is best that it is covered as well. Additionally, replace the toothbrush every three months to ensure effective cleaning. The bristles on the toothbrush wears as it is used. When the bristles are worn, it is time to replace the toothbrush!
6- Floss Your Teeth
Floss removes plaque buildup from between the teeth that your toothbrush misses. Along with properly brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice daily, it is equally important to floss. Children as young as two years old can floss, though most dentists recommend waiting until the child is about six years old.
7- Change Your Snacking Habits
Snacking is an important part of the day, but don’t grab a chocolate cupcake or a handful of M&Ms to satisfy your hunger until mealtime. Healthy snacks satisfy your hunger and reduce acidic attacks that these snacks cause on the teeth. Apples are always a top snack, but there are dozens of healthy options that are better for you and better for your teeth.
8- Children Need Early Oral Care
It is never to early to provide your child with good oral health care. In fact, the earlier that you start showing them the steps to good oral health, the better. Children should visit the dentist for the first time by the age of one and parents should start brushing the gums/teeth with a specially-designed soft-bristled toothbrush at about six months old. An early start on oral health care sets your little one up for a lifetime of good oral care and fewer cavities.
9- Rinse Your Mouth After Your Eat
Rinsing your mouth is important after every meal or snack that you consume. A little bit of water is all that is necessary to rinse the mouth. Some people choose to eat an apple after a meal. As you have heard for years, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it make the dentist very happy as well. Apples even reduce the risk of cavities. Even better for cleaning the teeth is an antiseptic rinse. Use this rinse after a meal or a snack and remove a good amount of the bacteria from the mouth and teeth.
10- Limit Soda, Coffee & Alcohol
Each of these beverages is hazardous to your teeth and good oral health. They all stain the teeth, causing your pearly whites to have an unpleasant, sometimes embarrassing, appearance. They also contain acids and other ingredients that can erode the enamel on the teeth and cause cavities. Water is always the best beverage to quench your thirst, but there are many others far better than soda, coffee or alcohol.
11- Don’t Be Shy
Your dentist is an oral health care expert who is there to offer you care in every way possible. He is not a physic however, and can provide care based only on results of his examinations and the questions that you ask. Don’t worry that you are a bother to the dentist. When you need answers, have concerns or need more information, let the dentist know!
12- Visit the Dentist
Two yearly visits to Century Stone Dental helps prevent oral health concerns and treat those that already exist. The dentist will provide an examination of the mouth during these visits. A tooth cleaning is also provided. In addition to the 11 tips above, make sure to schedule these visits for yourself and your family once every six months.
In the meantime, if there are dental concerns affecting your teeth, mouth or gums in between these visits, schedule an appointment with us before your regular check-up. Prolonging dental care will only cause the problems to worsen. Don’t take that risk when your smile is at-large.
No matter your age, dental condition, and if you have a million questions, Dr. Sims can assist you or your young children in a professional manner and loves answering any of your questions or concerns.
Dr. Sims grew up in Grimsby playing basketball, so he’s always up for talking about the Raptors! He’s also a football fan - go Buffalo Bills! In his free time, if he’s not watching a basketball game or football game, you’ll likely find him working out, cooking (got any new recipe ideas?), and of course, spending time with his amazing family.