A healthy smile translates to a healthier, happier you. Taking care of our oral health is crucial as it’s connected to our overall health.
According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, pathogens and toxins can enter the mouth and spread to the rest of the body when not cleared.
The mouth is also often described as the window to our overall health. It can show signs of medical conditions such as eating disorders, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and oral cancer.
How to Look After Your Oral Health
Good oral hygiene habits help fend off cavities, keep your gums pink, and free you from bad breath. Your dental hygienist can clean areas of your mouth that brushing and flossing will not be able to cover.
Preventive care habits are crucial for good oral health and overall well-being. With regular brushing and flossing, you can prevent dental problems from developing. Make sure to brush in the morning and before you go to bed at night.
Here are more oral hygiene tips worth including in your personal dental care routine:
- If you are out and will not be able to brush or floss, at least rinse your mouth with water to help get rid of any sticky food residue.
- Wait for at least 30 minutes after every meal before brushing. Otherwise, your teeth may become more vulnerable to acid attacks.
- Watch what you eat. Our teeth and gums will need nutrients to function properly and stay healthy.
- Avoid constant snacking during the day. Instead, practice taking in more filling and fuelling meals.
- Switch to teeth-friendly snacks. Drastic changes are not necessary, baby steps will do.
- Drink water more often as it helps encourage saliva flow and remove food like no other drink can.
- Lessen concentration of sugar in your fruit juice. Add more water or make it a habit to drink water afterwards.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse to help keep the teeth enamel strong.
- Avoid smoking as it can leave stains on your teeth and also trigger gum disease and oral cancer.
- Don’t use your teeth for cutting or tearing objects. This will help protect your inner cheek and gums against cuts or injuries.
- If you’re into sports, invest in a custom-fit mouthguard. If you already have one which you bought over the counter, consider replacing it with a mouthguard designed for you at the dental office. This is more effective as it fits better on your teeth.
Oral hygiene is important not just for achieving an attractive smile but for maintaining good overall health, too. Take note of these dental care tips and if you have more questions, please let us know.