Centerville patients ask, “What is oral hygiene and how does it impact dental health?”
There is more to dental health than having clean teeth. Many people believe that their teeth are healthy because they are clean, not experiencing pain, and they have fresh breath. Your oral health rests on a combination of proper daily oral hygiene, preventative care, and proper nutrition. It is important to have a dentist who understands this and places a high priority on prevention and education in their practice.
Dr. Cobb of Alex Bell Dental in Centerville, OH believes that the key to keeping your mouth and by extension, your entire body, healthy is dependent on proper preventative care. Dr. Cobb offers the following tips to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Eat a well-balanced diet. Too much sugar can lead to a plaque buildup and tooth decay that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Eating a diet rich in whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables will help keep your mouth healthy and improve your overall wellbeing.
Practice proper daily oral hygiene. Diet alone will not keep tooth problems at bay. Make sure to brush at least twice daily and floss once per day. Proper brushing technique includes use of a soft-bristle brush placed at a 45 degree angle to the gum. Brush in a slow and steady circular motion and be sure to brush the chewing surface as well as the back of the teeth. Make sure to replace your toothbrush every two-three months. Brush the tongue to promote fresh breath.
Change behaviors that put your teeth at risk. Chewing on hard items such as candy or ice can cause your teeth to chip or break. Tooth grinding can also lead to issues. If you are struggling with tooth grinding, particularly at night, make sure to discuss this with Dr. Cobb.
Maintain regular dental visits. Seeing the dentist every six months ensures that any potential problems can be caught before they become bigger issues. Dentists are able to monitor your mouth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease and perform professional cleanings that will help keep your teeth in top shape.
Dr. Cobb is a friendly dentist who treats all of his patients with compassion and respect. His commitment to education and preventative dentistry means that your dental health is in the right hands. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
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