How Can You Maintain Good Oral Health At Home?

How Can You Maintain Good Oral Health At Home?

Dental health has a big impact on your overall well-being. Patients who suffer from dental health issues often experience anxiety, pain, and low self-esteem. It is important to practice good oral hygiene to keep your smile healthy and bright.

There are numerous ways to maintain good oral health, which include:

Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth

While brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, there are other things you can do to keep your smile healthy between visits to the dentist’s office. 

Eating a Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet can also help your teeth and gums. A diet that is high in sugar and carbohydrates can cause plaque buildup and tooth decay.

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that coats the teeth. If plaque isn’t removed, it can turn into tartar — a hard, yellow substance that is impossible to remove without dental help.

Avoid foods that can damage your teeth, such as soda, candy, and sticky sweets. These foods can stick to your teeth and increase your risk for tooth decay. Limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks. When you do eat or drink them, brush your teeth as soon as possible.

Scheduling Regular Dental Checkups

Scheduling regular dental checkups is the best way to ensure you’re maintaining good oral health at home. These regular appointments allow your dentist to identify any potential problems before they become serious. Some patients may be more prone to certain dental problems, such as gum disease and cavities. These issues can typically be prevented with regular dental checkups.

Avoiding Smoking and Chewing Tobacco

Smoking and chewing tobacco can be incredibly damaging to both your oral and overall health. Not smoking or chewing tobacco can add years to your life. The chemicals in these products increase the risk of developing oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. Smoking and chewing tobacco can also stain your teeth and negatively affect the appearance of your smile.

Using Mouthguards When Playing Sports

Wearing a mouthguard while playing football, baseball, hockey, lacrosse, or other contact sports is a great idea. This will help protect your teeth from injury, and it may also reduce the possibility of a concussion.

The mouthguard should be custom-made to fit your teeth. This will help ensure it provides the highest level of protection.

Regular Dental Cleanings

While you’re a patient at our practice, we’ll want to schedule you for regular dental cleanings. These appointments give us the chance to remove plaque and tartar in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, and they help to prevent gum disease. After you leave our office, it’s important that you continue to take good care of your teeth.

Using Fluoride Mouthwashes

Fluoride mouthwashes can help keep your teeth clean. The fluorinated compounds help your teeth remineralize after an acid attack. These mouthwashes also create a protective layer on your teeth. This layer helps to prevent dental decay. Mouthwashes are great to use as a supplement to your daily flossing and brushing routine.

Contact ÉLAN Dentistry for the best dental care. To book an appointment, call (714) 364-8181 or visit us at 1030 West Imperial Hwy, La Habra, CA 90631.

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