We all know the basics of healthy teeth – brushing and flossing. But, is that it? Will these two in combination prevent all the tooth problems? We think if we brush our teeth and floss them regularly we will be able to avoid all the tooth problems, but in reality that is not true.
We need to follow the following eight steps for good dental health. Do not worry! These are all basic things.
- You need to understand your oral health: and mind you, this varies from person to person. This depends on your eating routine, your diet, your habits, your lifestyle and the amount of saliva in your mouth. Bringing changes to your lifestyle can affect the overall health of your teeth. For example if you eat a lot of sugary foods, you will end up causing tooth decay, and that too at an early age. Another example would be people with braces; they will not be able to clean their teeth more thoroughly. See, this depends on person to person.
- Commit to your daily oral hygiene: you need to come up with an effective hygiene plan with your dentist. As an example if you suffer from dry mouth, use fluoride each day etc…
- Use fluoride products: try to switch to toothpastes and mouth wash that has fluoride in it. Fluoride helps in preventing tooth decay in adults and children
- Brush and floss regularly: brush at least twice a day, and when you cannot brush, try to floss your teeth. Make it a habit.
- Eat a balanced diet: Try to eat a nutritious diet, something that contains less sugar and more calcium. Sugar cause tooth decay, whereas calcium is important for the overall health of the teeth, gums. If you eat food high in sugar, try to brush your teeth immediately, or if you cannot brush, chew a sugar free gum to combat the bacteria.
- Do not use tobacco: if you chew tobacco, smoke or use tobacco in any other form, stop doing it right now! Do this favor to yourself to avoid oral cancer and many other oral health problems.
- Examine your mouth on a regular basis: Look out for swollen gums, bleeding gums, discolored teeth, cavity etc… and visit a dentist as soon as you can.
- Visit your dentist regularly: You need to visit your dentist every 6 months. However, if you have any other oral health problems like cavities or braces visit more frequently, or as required. Do not miss your dental appointments.