In the past decade or so, there has been a shift in the way medical professionals approach healthcare. This is because research has shown time and time again that all of the body’s systems are connected and the health of each independent system affects the overall function and performance of the human body. This principle is true for oral health, too.
Achieving and enjoying wellness means that safeguarding one’s oral health should be a daily priority. Not only should folks commit to thorough oral hygiene practices and healthy eating, visits to the dentist for routine checkups and cleanings should not be missed. Following are some helpful tips for protecting your oral health.
The Importance of Oral Hygiene
Most of us have been taught since childhood that flossing and brushing our teeth is very important. Even though we know this to be true, it is easy for people to slip into bad habits—whether it be not brushing thoroughly or long enough and forgetting to floss. Every time a person skips flossing or brushes without mindfulness is an opportunity for oral bacteria to colonize and form plaque. On top of plaque formation, inadequate oral hygiene practices mean that any leftover plaque can harden into tartar, which is not removable without a professional dental cleaning. Our practice recommends that oral hygiene be taken seriously and thoughtfully. Patients should brush for at least two minutes each time, two to three times a day. Flossing daily is just as important as brushing, too.
What you eat and what you drink affects oral health just as much as it affects your energy levels and blood sugar. Anything consumed with high sugar content will feed oral bacteria. Additionally, foods and beverages with acidic ingredients will weaken tooth enamel. We recommend consuming acidic and sugary foods or drinks in moderation. Drinking water is also important. Water will help flush away debris and leftover food. Hydration is essential for keeping soft oral tissues moist, which can prevent irritation and inflammation of the gums.
Lastly, when committing to living a healthy lifestyle, dental checkups are just as important as yearly physicals. To schedule a cleaning or examination with our skilled team of dentists, call our practice today.