Your oral care plays a significant role in your overall health. Certain oral conditions can cause health problems, including pneumonia, endocarditis and pregnancy complications.
It is important to have an oral care routine that is performed daily, for maximum well-being.
The Perfect Oral Care Routine
Experts recommend brushing your teeth for a minimum of two minutes, twice per day—but up to four minutes appears to be even more effective. The longer you spend brushing your teeth, the cleaner they will be.
Remember to avoid over-brushing or using abrasive kinds of toothpaste, as they can damage your teeth and gums. Using a toothbrush that has hard bristles can also be damaging.
When it’s time to brush, use gentle force to get all areas of your mouth clean and be sure to reach all areas of your mouth.
Flossing helps remove plaque and other debris from between teeth. A toothbrush cleans the front and back of the teeth, so flossing is important to clean between each tooth.
There are many flossing options so you can choose which works best for your needs.
Mouthwash is used to wash away all of the particles that are left over from brushing and flossing.
If you choose not to use mouthwash daily, give a good swish and rinse after you brush and floss to get rid of excess debris.
Other Tips for Oral Health
Eating a balanced diet and limiting sugary foods is a great way to prevent plaque buildup from forming in the first place. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three months, or when the bristles are worn down.
Tobacco products can also be detrimental to your oral health and should be avoided altogether.
Remember that regular dental checkups and cleanings are your best defense against oral health conditions. We can identify any oral concerns and recommend a treatment plan. This will help keep your body healthy overall.
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