Oral hygiene is the best defense against a variety of dental problems. Taking care of your smile and oral health can prevent a bevy of health problems. Oral health has been linked to other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and many more preventable diseases.
To keep your oral health in top shape, we recommend visiting your dentist every six months, and may recommend more frequent visits based on your current oral health. When you aren't in the dental chair in our Smyna, Tennessee dental office, there are a few things you can do to keep your oral health in check.
Checklist for a healthy mouth
Brushing your teeth is the most important part of your oral health or dental care routine. The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth no less than twice a day using a soft-bristled brush. Your toothbrush should be big enough that you can reach all areas of your mouth easily, and should be replaced 3-4 times a year.
When brushing, use your brush at a 45-degree angle, and use a fluoride toothpaste. Using short strokes, brush you teeth starting with the outer surfaces, and moving then to chewing and interior surfaces of your teeth.
Once each surface of the tooth has been brushed, brushing your tongue and cheeks to remove any left over bacteria will ensure you've properly cleaned your teeth.
When you've properly brushed each surface of the tooth, you can expect to spend about 2 minutes to complete the entire process. Do this twice a day, or after every meal if possible, and your oral health will be in peak shape!
Additionally, adding floss to your daily dental care routine and limiting sugary snacks and drinks in between brushings helps keep the surface free of plaque-producing bacteria.