With conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer on the rise, it is more important than ever to ensure a good standard of dental health. Having good oral health can be fairly simple if you follow an easy daily routine, eat a good diet and visit your dentist regularly.
Brushing and flossing
It is important to brush your teeth regularly to avoid a build-up of plaque and bacteria in your mouth; bacteria cause infections such as tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for a period of 2 minutes each time. You should try to use a brush with a small head in order to reach all areas of the mouth; brushing the tongue will also help to prevent infection and will freshen breath. Flossing will help to remove any bacteria which may have been missed during brushing; usually this occurs between the teeth and along the gum line. Using an anti-bacterial mouthwash will also help to ensure your mouth is free from bacteria and will ensure you have fresh breath.
Diet plays an important role with regard to oral health as the foods you eat can damage your teeth. Sugary and acidic foods damage the enamel of surface leaving it exposed to bacteria; as the enamel wears the interior dentin portion of the tooth becomes exposed which may be painful and may lead to cavity formation. You should try to moderate your intake of sugary foods and drinks. You should try to take in plenty of calcium as this strengthens both your teeth and bones; this will make them less resistant to breaking.
Visiting the dentist
Visiting the dentist is a source of anxiety for many people but it could improve your general health and save your life in extreme cases. Regular check-ups will enable dentists to assess your dental health, monitor any pre-existing conditions and identify any new issues. The rate of oral cancer is increasing at an alarming rate; dentists will be able to identify any early signs or symptoms and suggest suitable treatment: early diagnosis can increase your chances of survival by up to 90%. Visiting the dentist will also help to keep the physical appearance of your teeth and gums in good order; this will help to increase self-confidence and make you feel more comfortable in social situations. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every 6 months.