by L. DeRosa RDH
Recent studies have shown that there is a possible link between the health of our mouths and the health of our bodies. Therefore, it is in our best interest to include as much prevention in our day-to-day dental care as possible, not just for good dental health but for overall health and wellness.
What can you do to prevent unnecessary dental health problems?
• Brush twice daily. It is important to brush after meals since the pH of our saliva is most acidic right after we eat. If you are unsure of whether you should use a regular toothbrush or a powered toothbrush speak with your dental hygienist. She will help you make that decision.
• Replace your toothbrush every 60 days and always after an illness such as a cold or flu.
• Floss at least once per day to remove plaque from between the teeth that your brush can't reach.
• When choosing dental products consider products that have natural ingredients. Many over the counter commercial products contain ingredients that may irritate the tissues.
• Avoid foods that are sugary or starchy as these tend to stick to the teeth.
• Quit smoking as nicotine cuts off the circulation to the tissues that line your mouth.
• Schedule a cleaning with your dental hygienist every 3-6 months.
By incorporating the above steps into your dental care you can ensure that you are taking the necessary actions to improve your dental health and keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime.