Research shows routine tooth and mouth care can prevent problems such as cardiovascular disease, dementia, respiratory infections, diabetic complications, and pneumonia. There is a direct correlation between your oral health and overall wellness. There are several ways to be proactive and avoid ailments; at the same time avoid more common dental issues like toothaches or unwanted stains.
Brush and floss your teeth daily to keep your pearly whites in good shape. The list below provides methods to prevent gum disease and protect your oral health to avert serious illness:
1. At least twice a day brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste*
2. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months*
3. Floss daily*
4. Eat a healthy diet that includes high-fiber foods
5. Limit high sugar, processed foods, and beverages
6. To avoid tooth decay drink water with fluoride
7. Use antibacterial mouthwash to kill bacteria
8. Schedule regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups, every six months with one routine visit to include x-rays or dental imaging
9. Avoid tobacco that increases problems with gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss; but also puts you at risk for cancer
*Consult a dental hygiene professional for proper flossing and brushing practices
As you age, the importance of oral hygiene intensifies. For example, dentin, or the bone-like tissue that underlies the tooth enamel, changes because of the beverages and foods you eat over time. Staining can occur, in addition to a thinning of the outer coating increases and the dentin, shows through creating yellow or darkened teeth.
Without proper care, many people will have tooth loss that leads to wearing dentures or partials. Dentures create additional challenges. Bacteria can stick to your teeth and full or partial dentures. Poor fitting dentures, bad dental hygiene or buildup of the fungus Candida causes an inflammation of the tissue underlying a denture that can be quite painful and cause additional health issues.
For those who wear dentures or partials, be sure to clean them daily with denture cleaner. Do not use toothpaste or household cleaners, they are too abrasive and will harm the dentures. Remove your dentures at least four hours every 24 hours to revive the lining of your mouth. Also, take out your full or partial dentures at night. Your dentist can provide you further instructions on proper care and usage of your dentures.
You may think you have your oral hygiene under control with daily brushing; ensure your overall oral health and schedule your next routine dental exam today! And, keep smiling!
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