The health of your mouth is an important factor in staying healthy. A growing body of research shows that poor dental health is linked to a number of potentially serious health conditions: heart and lung problems, poor diabetes management, various types of cancer, arthritis, and many more.
Callow Family Dentistry in Plymouth, MI is committed to the wellbeing of our patients, which is why we’re providing these five tips to help you maintain your healthiest mouth.
Tip #1: Brush and Floss Every Day
Your toothbrush and dental floss are your two main weapons in the battle against dental plaque, a thin, sticky film that can lead to gum disease. Brushing thoroughly and flossing twice a day removes almost all plaque from your teeth and gums. Since plaque begins to reform within 24 hours, a daily routine is essential to help avoid problems down the road.
Tip #2: Use the Right “Tool” for the Job
There is a tremendous variety of toothbrushes on the market, so it can be confusing to know which one is best. Here are some guidelines: smaller head is better than larger, and soft is better than hard. Smaller head size makes it easier to reach all your teeth, front and back. Soft bristles do a fine job of removing plaque while not irritating your gums or wearing on your tooth enamel. When it comes to floss, either waxed or unwaxed floss will do, although you may want to choose waxed floss if you have restorations like fillings that can cause floss to shred.
Tip #3: Minimize Sugar Intake
The bacteria in our mouths that form plaque feed off the sugars in the foods and beverages we consume. Today’s highly processed foods, including most snacks, have a large amount of added sugar. Beverages, including soft drinks and sports drinks, can have a tremendous amount of sugar. Sugar-free gum stimulates saliva production but doesn’t add sugar. While you can’t avoid all sugars – fruits and vegetables contain sugar – there’s no point in feeding the bacteria that form plaque.
Tip #4: Drink More Water
Plaque-causing bacteria are usually rinsed off our teeth and gums by saliva and by the beverages we drink. Keeping your mouth well hydrated is important to producing enough saliva. Drinking water helps rinse bacteria away while not adding an additional source of sugar. Plus, drinking enough water is important to your overall health.
Tip #5: Get Regular Dental Cleanings and Examinations
It’s difficult to remove all plaque using your toothbrush and floss because of the tiny nooks and crannies in your mouth. A dental cleaning will eliminate every trace of plaque and leave your mouth feeling great! Regular dental examinations will detect any problems in their earliest stages before they become big problems. Most people do fine with cleanings and examinations every six months, but some people may need more frequent appointments.
When it come to your mouth, prevention is much better than treatment. To keep your healthiest mouth, count on the skilled, caring professionals at Callow Family Dentistry in Plymouth, MI. To arrange a consultation, call our office today at 734-404-7336.