Moving through the motions of our daily routines, some of us might be better than others at completing all the tasks needed for our overall health. Daily H2O intake? Achieved. Workout? Completed. Flossing? Wait a second.
It can be easy to skip over activities like flossing or tongue scraping, but prioritizing dental health should be just as important as your physical, emotional and mental health. Here are a few ways to keep your dental hygiene in check.
Tell Junk Food to Hit the Road
While this may be the first tip you see in most articles on dental hygiene, we’re repeating it here for optimal impact. Most of your dental health can be managed with routine practices and products, but none of that matters if a diet is full of sticky sweets, processed products and acidic beverages. Excess sugar and unhealthy practices (i.e. smoking) can lead to cavities, which are permanently damaged areas of the tooth’s surface, and can develop into small holes, according to Mayo Clinic. If left untreated, these cavities can lead to infection, tooth decay inside the tooth and even tooth loss.
This is a sign to make flossing part of your everyday dental hygiene routine! Nope, that doesn’t mean once a week or whenever you remember — every. Day. According to Medical News Today, flossing works to remove plaque and bacteria from hard-to-reach places where typical toothbrush bristles are unable to access. And, if left unflossed and untreated, plaque and tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis, periodontitis, tooth loss and other issues. Plus, flossing daily is recommended by the American Dental Association.
Don’t Forget to Brush/Scrape Your Tongue
Similar to flossing, this necessary activity is also neglected by many. Over time, the tongue builds up bacteria, both from the body and from what is consumed. If unattended, this bacteria build up can lead to oral thrush (a yeast infection), gum disease and other issues — including bad breath. For optimal tongue health, make tongue brushing/scraping part of your routine, twice a day. Thank us later.
Opt for an Electric Toothbrush
Some electric toothbrushes can be pricey, but they’re worth it when it comes to improving your dental health. Electric toothbrushes have even been scientifically proven to be more effective at cleaning the teeth and gums than a manual toothbrush. However, while vibrating toothbrushes are beneficial, it is the oscillating feature of an electric toothbrush that makes it effective at cleaning.
Visit the Doctor (Every Six Months)
This may be another obvious point, however, according to the American Dental Association, in 2014 one out of five adults had not visited a dentist in recent years. Additionally, only about half of Americans actually visit the dentist twice a year (which is the recommended frequency). If you haven’t paid a visit to your local dentist in a while, it’s time to book your next checkup and cleaning as soon as possible.
Avoid having to get a filling or root canal by following these simple steps for better dental health, and your smile (and dentist) will thank you!
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