Did you know that April is National Oral Health Month? Southbridge Dentistry would like to take this opportunity to remind patients what they can do to improve the health of their teeth and gums. Oral health is about more than having a nice smile. It often goes hand in hand with your overall health and wellness.
Brush and Floss Your Teeth Each Day
Both adults and children should brush their teeth at least twice a day, once after breakfast and again before going to bed. How you brush your teeth matters too. Be sure to hold your toothbrush as a 45 degree angle and start brushing along the gum line. Slide the toothbrush across each tooth and the gums below it in a gentle back and forth motion.
Although you want to make sure to brush the whole surface of the front and back of your teeth, avoid putting too much pressure on them. Brushing your teeth too aggressively can damage gum tissue and tooth enamel. A daily routine of brushing your teeth in the morning and at night is essential to remove plaque and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay.
We also recommend flossing your teeth at least once a day. Dental floss helps to loosen particles of food between teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. When left for too long, the food particles will break down and turn to bacteria that threatens the health of your teeth and gums.
Don’t Forget to Clean Your Tongue
Your tongue holds microbes and bacteria that can be harmful to your overall oral health. You can prevent this by brushing your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper every time you brush your teeth. If you forget or don’t want to do it that often, you can still benefit from brushing your tongue a few times a week.
Reduce Your Sugar Consumption
Eating foods containing high amounts of sugar, starch, or acid can cause tooth decay, not to mention several physical health problems. These substances stick to the teeth and can be hard to remove with brushing, which only increases the likelihood of developing cavities. Another problem with a sugar-filled diet is that the substance attacks tooth enamel. Having too little enamel on your teeth makes them vulnerable to injury or dental disease.
Add Mouthwash to Your Oral Health Routine
Mouthwash removes some harmful bacteria from the mouth, helps to strengthen tooth enamel, and contains fluoride and minerals that contribute to strong teeth. Along with brushing your teeth and tongue and flossing, consider making rinsing with mouthwash a daily habit.
Keep Up with Your Preventive Care Exams
Scheduling a bi-annual professional cleaning and exam at Southbridge Dentistry is an important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Preventive care exams give our dentists the opportunity to detect and treat oral health issues before they become more difficult and expensive to treat later. Think of the staff at Southbridge Dentistry as your partners in oral health. Please contact us at 303-798-4967 or click here to request an appointment if it has been more than six months since your last exam or you have additional questions about caring for your teeth and gums. We operate in the Littleton, Colorado area for your convenience.