There are many reasons to keep your teeth and gums healthy. In addition to having a healthy smile, good oral health can stave off problems like gum disease, which can lead to other problems in the body, including heart disease.
Here are seven simple ways to keep your teeth strong and improve gum health:
Brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothbrush. Replace your brush every three months or sooner if the bristles break down or after you’ve had a cold, the flu, mouth infection or sore throat. Some people may find it easier to use an electric toothbrush, so ask your dentist for recommendations on what is best for you.
Don’t forget to floss at least once a day. Many people think that brushing alone will keep their teeth and gums healthy. Flossing is the only way to remove food that gets stuck between the teeth.
Rinse your mouth using an antibacterial mouthwash. Bacteria can build up in the mouth, causing bad breath. Mouthwash can get to the food particles that may not have been removed from brushing and flossing.
Eat a healthy diet. Eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables will provide you with much-needed nutrients and vitamins that can help boost your oral health. It’s essential that you cut back from added sugars. Drink more water and reduce soda consumption, as soda can damage teeth over time.
Do not use tobacco. Smoking and chewing tobacco not only stain teeth, but they increase the risk of gum disease and oral cancer.
Add protective sealants. Sealants are thin protective coatings that are applied to teeth to prevent decay. Children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as they come in, but adults without tooth decay can benefit from sealants as well. During your dental cleanings, talk to your dentist about getting sealants applied to your teeth.
Protect your teeth during recreational activities. Custom-fitted mouthguards are necessary for protecting your mouth when playing sports like football, but you can benefit from wearing them during other activities. Talk to your dentist about what activities you’re in for specific recommendations.
Good oral health is important for many reasons. If you are concerned about ways to strengthen your teeth and improve gum health, call us today at (501) 843-9561 to schedule a checkup appointment with Dr. Jirik.