We all want great smiles, don’t we? Well, if we are to achieve this, we have to ensure that we maintain a fastidious oral hygiene and desist from uncouth dental habits which are likely to compromise with our dental health. A lot of people don’t know it but having poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems. Problems such as gum disease, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and oral infections are all associated with poor oral hygiene.
Here at Katy Dental Care , we always encourage our patients to maintain good oral hygiene and maintain good dental habits. A lot of patients ask us what we mean by good hygiene and want us to give them tips for developing good dental habits. Well, we talked to Dr, Jisoo Shin, DDS and she was more than willing to provide useful insights on how to maintain good oral hygiene and develop good dental habits.
- Make brushing teeth a routine
A lot of Americans brush their teeth when they start seeing yellow gunk on the surface of their teeth. Others brush once or twice in a week. This should not be the case because brushing of teeth is mandatory if you want a beautiful smile. Brushing helps remove food remnants from the surface of teeth helping teeth to remain clean and safe from infections. Brush at least twice in a day and rinse your mouth thoroughly with clean water.
- Floss after every single meal
The other thing that should be habitual should be flossing after every single meal. Flossing helps get rid of the food particles and remnants lodged in between teeth which bristles of a toothbrush cannot dislodge. After every meal therefore, make sure that you take time out to floss thoroughly and ensure that there are no remnants between your teeth.F
- Learn to brush and floss properly
Brushing teeth is one thing and brushing properly is another. A lot of people suffer from dental complications because they just brush their teeth for the sake of it and don’t do it properly. To learn about proper brushing and flossing, talk to your dentist and he/she will show you how it is done.
- Replace your toothbrushes after 3 months
Learn to replace your toothbrushes after every 3 months of active brushing. After 3 months of brushing, a toothbrush’s bristles become too weak and can’t reach the spaces between teeth. This is why you need to invest in a new toothbrush after every 3 months or even 2 depending on the quality of brush you normally purchase.
- Avoid habits such as thumb sucking and nail biting
Avoid thumb sucking and biting your nails if you really care about your teeth. These are habits that pose a threat to your oral hygiene and proper development of teeth. Make sure that you educate the young ones in the family to desist from such habits as well because once they grow up, giving up such unorthodox behaviors become a problem.
- Watch your diet
Watch what you eat as well. Make it a habit to consume calcium rich foods and other vitamins which are not only good for teeth but are important for the development of other body parts. Calcium is essential in the development of teeth and bones and foods rich in it should be a consideration when you are shopping.
- Never miss a dentist appointment
Make it a habit to visit your dentist regularly even if you don’t have any dental complication. Although people are advised to see a dentist at least twice a year, make sure you visit your dentist at least 5 times in year if your schedule allows it. Take time to discuss with your dentist the issues bothering you and seek advice on how to develop good dental habits.
- Avoid tobacco
You obviously can do without a little head rush, can’t you? If you care about your dental health, it is imperative to desist from tobacco at all costs because it is a leading cause of oral cancer and other periodontal complications. Tobacco also causes discoloration of teeth and bad breath.
- Limit acidic drinks and alcohol
Beverages such as coffee and soda which have a very high additive levels are a danger to your teeth. They can deplete your body’s calcium levels and lead to numerous dental complications. Opt for milk and water instead.
- Educate children from an early age
Want a generation with healthier teeth and better oral hygiene, well, educate your children from an early age. Take time to take them to the dentist and let them know what is expected of them from an early age. This way, you will be proceeded by a healthy generation.