If you are reading this, you probably know how important your oral health is towards your overall wellbeing. Many people do not realize how important oral health truly is. It is important to be aware of having a healthy mouth in order to have a healthy body. People who are health-conscious realize that they must follow a good diet and exercise routine on a regular basis. The same goes for oral hygiene, as it can help us live a longer life.
While many people might dread a visit to the dentist’s office, they’re often unaware how important it is to be on top of oral care. With the lack of visits being made because of insurance coverage, a busy schedule, or just fear, there are things that you should know according to your dentist.
1. Dental visits are important: Dental cleaning and regular check-ups are crucial to maintaining good oral health. Make regular appointments and aim to get checked every 6 months to protect yourself from harmful decay and diseases in the future.
2. The two-minute rule matters: Plaque, the sticky bacteria that causes tooth decay and other problems, accumulates all over your teeth, on the front, back, side, in-between and even under the gums. The problem is that plaque isn’t very noticeable, so you may think your teeth are clean even when they’re covered in plaque. Because of that, you really do need to brush for two minutes, twice a day, as well as floss.
3. Floss: Don’t forget to floss. One-third of your teeth’s surfaces are pressed against other teeth, so there’s no way to reach them (or clean them) without flossing.
4. Don’t brush too hard: Aggressive brushing can cause your gums to recede, and even bleed in some instances. Instead, brush with a soft toothbrush in gentle circles close to the gum line.
5. Fluoride Matters: If you don’t get fluoride from your drinking water or your toothpaste, you’re 20 to 40 percent more likely to get cavities. Take a look at certain mouthwash brands also, as not all of them actually contain fluoride.
6. Skip the sugar: Sweets really do promote tooth decay. When metabolized, sugary and starchy foods create an acid that attacks teeth. If you’re going to have sugary foods or drinks, be sure to rinse the mouth and don’t let sweet things settle in and on the teeth.
To learn more about what your dentist wants you to know, call the office of Dr. Hagerman at (651) 646-2392 or use our convenient online appointment request form.