Are you under the impression that all it takes is a proper brushing of your teeth to have good dental health? You might be surprised to learn then, that it takes more than brushing to have healthy teeth it takes a lot more! Follow the steps below if you truly want a healthy mouth a teeth.There are many steps that are involved in good dental health, steps that involve keeping your mouth and teeth healthy and clean. The steps you need to take may have to do with your specific dental health factors. There are many things that can have an impact on the health of your mouth and teeth including your age, your oral hygiene, medications you take, the amount of saliva and consistency of your saliva and life changes such as pregnancy. Individuals that have a habit of breathing through the mouth such as those with severe allergies or asthma may encourage dry mouth which can lead to oral problems such as plaque formation and gingivitis. Knowing what factors apply to you can help you to take the proper steps to improve your dental health. Now that you know your dental health factors better, you can take the next step to dental health and that is making a commitment to a daily oral-health routine.
Your daily oral-health routine should be a routine that your dentist or dental hygienist instructs you about but usually includes the proper brushing of all the surfaces of each of your teeth at least twice a day and preferably after each meal as well as flossing in-between each tooth at least once a day. Brush your tongue or scrape your tongue at least once a week and if you have dry mouth chew sugarless gum and drink plenty of water on a daily basis.
If you tend to have dry mouth due to allergies, asthma or medications you take you may wish to speak with your dentist about the use of fluoride in the toothpaste they use. Other people who may benefit from making sure they use fluoride are those who have certain health conditions like diabetes, those who have orthodontic treatment and women who are pregnant. You can get fluoride in mouthwashes as well as toothpaste and your dentist can also give you a prescription for a stronger concentration of fluoride that comes in a gel or rinse.
If you eat sugary foods or drinks during the day and are unable to brush rinse your mouth with water or chew sugarless gum afterwards.
Another step you can take towards good dental health is to eat a balanced diet so that you will have the minerals and vitamins needed for good strong teeth and to maintain good oral health.
Understand the dangers of smoking or using smokeless tobacco products and what these do to tooth decay, and because they increase your risk for oral cancer, gingivitis, tooth decay and periodontitis. Tobacco also can cause bad breath and stains your teeth.
Because your dentist only sees your mouth twice a year it is important that you do a self-examination of your mouth periodically to notice any changes in your mouth such as chipped teeth, discolored teeth, swollen gums, mouth sores or lesions that may be on your cheeks, tongue, or gums. This mouth exam is especially important is you have not been able to kick the tobacco habit because smoking and using other tobacco products increases your risk for oral cancer and catching early signs of cancer is to your benefit.
Last of all it is an important step that you always schedule a dental check-up twice a year so your dentist can professionally examine your mouth and teeth, and clean your teeth.