Taking care of your health is very important to keep those aches and pains and problems away. Oral and dental hygiene is just one part of this! Practicing preventative dental care means keeping the future cost of dental work down as well as helps take care of your overall health. Dental health is linked to your overall health! Here are some of the best preventative dental practices you can do.
Regular Dentist Visits
If you only go to the dentist once you feel pain, it may be too late. Many dental issues are painless at first and only cause pain once they have progressed. A good way to find problems early and maybe even prevent potential ones, is to see a dentist on a regular basis. X-rays can be taken to help look for these dental problems as well.
Regular Cleaning Visits
Going for regular cleanings can happen at the same time as your regular dentist visits. The American Dental Association recommends a visit to get your teeth cleaned once every six months. These dental cleanings remove plaque that you cannot get rid of yourself and can also help to assess your oral hygiene. You might be showing early signs of tooth decay or periodontal disease. They can also look for signs of oral cancer.
Brushing and flossing at least twice a day are a great way to take charge of your dental care. This help to remove plaque and any buildup. Fluoride toothpastes as well as mouthwash with fluoride help to strengthen your teeth preventing such things as tooth decay.
Drinking and smoking can lead to bad oral health. They can keep your mouth dry and lead to your teeth becoming discolored and plaque, gum disease and oral cancer. Too much sugar adds to the amount of plaque building up in your mouth. Not getting enough calcium in your diet also can lead to problems with your gums and jaw.
Taking care of your smile and your mouth is very important to your overall health! Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about your dental hygiene.