Everyone wants to have a nice smile and a healthy mouth, but those aren’t going to happen automatically. People need to take daily steps to stave off cavities, periodontal disease, bad breath, gingivitis, and those dreaded trips to the dentist. Fortunately, these steps aren’t difficult, but they do require attention to detail and the formation of good dental habits. The mouth is the gateway to your body’s overall health. Since gum disease and other dental problems can be associated with serious medical problems elsewhere in the body, proper brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings are vital in maintaining overall good health.

Brushing
Take time twice a day to give your teeth a thorough brushing; three minutes is about right length of time. Use the proper equipment! Fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush that is comfortable in your mouth will make the job easier and more effective. Brush all the surfaces of your teeth using short back-and-forth strokes, and then brush your tongue. Rinse your toothbrush completely after each use and store it upright in the open air to dry—a damp toothbrush will grow a bumper crop of dangerous bacteria. Some people find that tongue scrapers are helpful in minimizing bad breath when used in association with twice-daily brushing.

Flossing
Flossing is necessary to properly clean beneath the gums and in between your teeth. Use plenty of floss, wrap securely around your fingers, then insert between teeth one space at a time and rub against the tooth as you remove the floss. If your teeth are too close together, use waxed floss, a floss holder, or a dental pick to clean those difficult areas. Remember that if your gums bleed when you floss, it’s probably a sign that you haven’t been doing it often enough.

Eat Right
Eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Limit intake of sugary foods, soda, and candy, and try to avoid between-meal snacks. The bacteria that cause cavities thrive on sugar and sweets, so don’t eat those foods any more than necessary. Choose sugarless gum—it won’t feed your mouth bacteria and it helps to stimulate saliva, which neutralizes acid produced by those same bacteria and which leads to cavities.

Just Say No to Tobacco Products
Cigarettes and chewing tobacco don’t just cause bad breath—they dull the senses of smell and taste, cause teeth to become stained, interfere with healing after dental procedures, and lead to gum disease and in many cases oral cancer. Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict, which starves tissues of oxygen. The tars in tobacco products are toxic to oral tissue. It’s best not to start using tobacco products; if you already smoke, quitting will benefit not just your oral health but your entire body.

See Your Dentist
In spite of your brushing and flossing, dental problems can still arise, and you’ll need a professional to examine, diagnose, and treat them. The calcified remains of bacteria will build up on teeth to a varying degree in different individuals and can only be removed through prophylaxis by a trained hygienist. Your dentist will also look for signs of oral cancer or other diseases which manifest in the mouth, and will obtain dental radiographs to assess root health. Most dentists recommend two visits every year to maintain optimal oral health .

 

This article was written by Sheldon Armstrong, a regular contributor here at INFOtainment News, and Travis Guerrero, a health and nutrition expert who looks forward to sharing more of his knowledge so you can live a healthier life. They write this on behalf of Cashion Dental, your number one choice when looking for a dentist in College Station, TX. Check out their website at www.cashiondental.com/dentist-in-college-station for more information on what they can do for you and your smile!

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