The Best Ways to Protect Your Dental Health
If you go back to your childhood, you probably remember fighting your parents when it came to taking care of your teeth. They would have to hound you to make sure you were brushing often and properly. Let’s not even mention flossing. Now, as an adult, you hopefully understand why they were so adamant about you taking care of your teeth. Not only can poor dental health affect many aspects of your life, but it can be quite expensive to fix as well. While regular teeth cleanings are extremely important, there are some daily things you need to perform as well to take care of your dental health. Here are the best ways to protect your dental health.
The single most important thing you must do every day to take care of your teeth is to brush them. Everything else on this list is important, too. But, brushing is not to be taken lightly. If you don’t brush your teeth, you will suffer with all sorts of problems including cavities, discoloration, and gum disease. It’s not a matter of if but when. Your teeth need to be maintained daily because of the constant contact with food and drink. Part of the reason why our ancestors didn’t live as long as we do is that their teeth didn’t last very long into adulthood due to use and lack of proper care. That’s not much of a worry these days, obviously, but you’re setting yourself up for many health problems if you don’t brush at least twice daily.
If you sheepishly admit to forgetting to floss most days, you’re not alone. Most people tend to stumble when it comes to sticking to their flossing routine. In fact, many people lie about their flossing habits to their dentist. Please, don’t do this. It doesn’t help anyone. It ultimately makes no difference to your dentist who is trying to provide you with care. Your dental health is what will suffer. If you feel compelled to stretch the truth a bit about how often you floss, you’d be better off just reminding yourself to stick to a daily routine of flossing once a day. It doesn’t take long, it can be a great part of your pre-bedtime routine, and it’ll keep your gums nice and healthy.
Mouthwash is somewhat controversial. Many people take issue or question the use of an alcohol based mouthwash. While mouthwash technically isn’t a necessity like brushing and flossing is, using a non-alcohol based mouthwash two times a day is an added help to your daily routine. It’s generally not recommended to use a mouthwash rinse more than twice a day. Using mouthwash is an extra chance to kill gingivitis causing bacteria, freshen your breath, and even whiten your teeth somewhat depending on the type of mouthwash used. If you have any questions about mouthwash use or the type you should use, feel free to ask your dentist.
Your regular cleaning
All the self-care in the world still can’t replace a professional dental cleaning. You need to take great care of your teeth on a daily basis along with visiting the dentist regularly in order to optimize your dental health. Even the most diligent brushing and flossing can’t get into the difficult to reach spots of the gum that a dental cleaning can. Existing plaque or tartar also doesn’t respond well to at home treatments. Only a professional cleaning can reduce or eliminate plaque and reverse the progression of gingivitis effectively.
Additionally, your cleaning is a great time to address issues you may not know are affecting your dental health like crooked teeth or spots that need to be investigated. While oral cancer may not be something you’re too concerned about, it’s still critical that your dentist look for signs of it during your regular visits just to be safe. Early on, the signs are very subtle and painless.
There’s no question that a professional cleaning is the best way to protect your teeth and gums. Visiting your dentist every six months is essential to your dental health. But, that’s only every six months. The daily work is up to you. You are your own first line of defense against gingivitis and other dental health related issues. Sticking to a well-rounded dental hygiene routine can make the difference between your dental visits being uneventful and easy or difficult and possibly uncomfortable. If you haven’t seen your dentist in a while or the six months have rolled around, then it’s time to book an appointment online to come in. It’s never too late to start caring for your teeth. The team at Dental Center of Redondo Beach is here to provide you with the world class dental care you need to keep your smile shining bright and your mouth healthy.