Did you know developing an oral health routine not only prevents gum disease, cavities, plaque, and bad breath but also improves your overall health and self-confidence?
Currently, ¼ of U.S. children under age 5 are affected by tooth decay. And ½ of U.S. children aged 12-15 are affected. Additionally, up to 12% of U.S. adults have advanced gum disease. However, many of these oral diseases and health problems are preventable by making an oral health plan.
At least twice a day you should brush with a fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps harden tooth enamel and prevent cavities. It is especially important to brush before going to bed to prevent plaque build-up overnight.
at least once a day to prevent gum disease. There is a myriad of floss sizes, coatings, and flavors today, so pick the one that fits you and your needs. Flossing helps remove food particles and plaque buildup around the teeth as well as prevent gum disease.
Oral Mouth Rinse helps wash away any food particles still remaining after brushing and flossing. Remember that mouthwash and fluoride mouth rinses are NOT the same thing. Mouthwash prevents bad breath (halitosis) but does not clean the teeth. A fluoride mouth rinse coats teeth with fluoride and helps prevent tooth decay.
Nutrition has a direct impact on your oral health. Eating a balanced mix of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein will help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco, since both have been proven to cause many oral health problems.
Drinking lots of water throughout the day prevents hydration and helps keep your mouth clean by washing away food particles.
Even people who take excellent care of their teeth need regular check-ups and professional cleanings to ensure the best oral healthcare and healthy teeth. Schedule at least twice a year.
At Cardinal Orthodontics, we know how a healthy smile can change lives. That’s why we’re committed to helping people achieve their smile goals.
We recommend following these easy steps to prevent the most common oral healthcare issues, such as tooth decay, bad breath, gingivitis, and gum and mouth diseases.
Many of these problems are reversible, so start practicing good dental care and oral hygiene now. Good oral health practice is the best way to keep your smile beautiful!