How often do you think about your oral health on a typical day? Probably not much if at all. Most people do not spend much time thinking about their oral health or really their teeth at all. For many people, the only times their teeth cross their mind is either when pain develops in a tooth or when it comes time for a routine brushing. While this is normal, it is not necessarily good. Any time you ignore the health of a particular part of the body, you place yourself at risk. This risk comes in different forms, but they all come down to the same basic thing, trouble. The teeth and mouth are no different. If you ignore oral care for even a day, bacteria begins to build up and if this is left unchecked, you are at a high risk for periodontitis which is also called gum disease. This can then lead to a whole host of other, much worse problems. There has been a fair amount of research that indicates gum diseases can increase your risk of heart disease. While some people seem to be more prone to bacteria build-up and periodontitis, there are things that you can do to help prevent these things. What you will learn about here is the basics of oral care and how to protect yourself from developing preventable problems.
It is incredibly important to make and keep regular dental appointments. Not only is important to have your teeth cleaned by a professional every so often, but it is also important to have regular check-ups. Your dentist will keep a check on your teeth so that any potential problems such as the beginning of a cavity or early gum disease can be treated before it gets any worse. Preventive medicine is often referred to as the best medicine and for good reason. People often come up with one reason after another to avoid going to the dentist, even when they are in a great deal of pain from a tooth. There are many reasons for this. Sometimes it is a deep-seated fear of dentists. Some people do not want to take the time necessary to visit their dentist. Others have never even taken the time to find a dentist. While there is always the possibility of a legitimate reason coming up, it is not going to keep being a problem. Most excuses can be worked around fairly easily if you are willing. If you are in the category of not having a dentist to see, your first step to oral care is finding one as soon as possible. It is fairly easy to find a list of all the local options. All it takes is a simple internet search. Be sure to look for the best available option. For example, if you live in Tulsa, you will want to find the best dentist in Tulsa. If you are having trouble choosing which dentist is the best for your needs, take a look at reviews whenever they are available. An abundance of good reviews is always a good indication.
Once you have a good routine of seeing a dentist set up, it is time to turn to your daily routine. Brushing your teeth should be a part of your routine every single day. Of course, simply putting toothpaste on a brush and hastily passing it over your teeth is not enough. In terms of how long and how often to brush your teeth, the American Dental Association recommends twice per day for two minutes each time. This is often referred to as the 2×2 method. If you are not used to brushing for that long at a time, you may find it difficult to jump right in. If you find yourself in this position, start out slow and build up to the full two minutes. This does not mean taking an extended amount of time brushing for a minute or less. Try to increase the length of time you are brushing every couple of days. Also, if you have trouble remembering to brush every day, there are a few things that can help. It is important to turn to brush your teeth into a habit. Research shows that if you perform an action every day for 10 days, that action turns into a habit. Therefore, when you are starting out, it is important to try to stick to the same routine for 10 days straight. Modern technology is an amazing thing, you can ask your digital assistant be it Alexa, Cortana, Siri, or Google Assistant to remind you to brush your teeth at a specific time every day. If you do not wish to use one of these digital assistants, you can still utilize technology. Every cell phone comes equipped with a digital calendar. If you set a reminder in this calendar, your phone will send you a reminder at a specified time. There are also apps that you can download that are specifically designed to aid you with these types of things.
After you have developed a good routine for brushing your teeth, it is time to consider what else you should be doing. This includes using floss and mouth rinse. You need to floss every single day. How many times per day is dependant on the person and what they are doing that day? If you are unsure of the best flossing habits for your particular needs, talk to your dentist about it. As for mouth rinse, once or twice per day is the best. Many dentists recommend using a mouth rinse that contains fluoride. Although, not everyone wants to use a fluoride mouth rinse. Talk to your dentist and make the best decision for you.
Finally, take care of what you eat. Lots of sugar can be damaging to the teeth. The same goes for consuming an abundance of, particularly hard or chewy foods. This is not to say that you have to avoid these types of foods altogether. Rather, just be cautious about consuming them in copious quantities.