Waiting for Your Next Check-Up? Follow These Tips to Maintain Good Oral Health Between Visits!
Your overall health depends on good, strong teeth and gums. Learn what you can do between your regular dental check-ups in order to keep up your good oral hygiene!
Poor oral hygiene can ultimately lead to chronic diseases, low self-esteem, and an inability to maintain an optimal diet. That is why you are responsible for taking care of your oral health between regular visits to your dentist. Here’s the good news: proper dental care does not require too much of your time or expensive equipment. Maintaining a dental routine that includes brushing and flossing and taking care of your body from the inside out can make a world of difference when it comes to the health of your teeth.
What You Should Be Doing Between Dental Check-ups
Caring about your teeth and gums should not stop once you leave the dentist’s office. Maintaining good dental habits is not only important for your mouth but also your overall health. Learn more about what you can do in-between your regular dental check-ups:
- Brush and Floss Regularly: We recommend that patients brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Ideally, brushing and flossing must be done after eating a meal and brushing with a fluoride toothpaste should take anywhere between 2-3 minutes. When buying a toothbrush, choose one with a smaller head and softer bristles for easier access to the back of your teeth.
- Eat a Well-balanced Diet: Good eating habits are crucial for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Crunchy fruits and vegetables are excellent snacks as they help exercise your jaw and gently brush away plaque. Limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks since plaque bacteria can change these sugars into acids and slowly dissolve tooth enamel over time. Losing the protective layer of enamel can literally rot your teeth and lead to cavities.
- Quit Smoking and Limit Alcohol Consumption: One of the worst habits that is damaging for your mouth and overall health is smoking cigarettes. Smoking can cause bad breath, stain teeth yellow, increase your risk of gum disease, and lead to a number of other health issues. Additionally, excessive alcohol consumption can erode your enamel and may even raise your odds of developing mouth cancer.
- Keep Track of Any Dental Problems: Make note of any changes to your overall health or if you have been recently diagnosed with health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, etc. Also, make a list of any medication or supplements you take, as these may interfere with your regular check-up. Communicate these changes with your dentist to optimize your next visit.
Are you brushing and flossing properly? Make sure you are keeping your mouth as healthy as possible, by visiting your Red Deer Family Dentist twice a year for check-ups. Our team can help you address any questions or concerns you may have regarding dental care techniques and more. In the meantime, check out more oral hygiene tips and articles from Parkland Mall Dental, here.
Give us a call at 403-342-1118 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment for you and your family today. We are currently taking new patients, so please don’t hesitate to ask how we can help you.