How to Maintain Good Dental Care Habits

Do you like how you look in the mirror whenever you flash that blinding mega-watt smile? Well imagine if you didn’t have any teeth would you still look stunning? I highly doubt that. Or okay let’s assume you do have teeth but I want you to imagine that as you slowly move the edges of your mouth apart to give way to that million dollar smile you spot specks of black in interspersed and peppered all across your white teeth. Now question, would you still find that attractive?

Let’s be honest here, no one finds those grotesque images attractive. And if you don’t have teeth your face will look different than when you had one. Assuming that you do have teeth if it were tainted with obvious dental caries, you’ll look like a zombie from Halloween and I’m not even exaggerating.

With that being said, it is very important to maintain good dental care habits and the best person to partner in that aspect is none other than your dentist. A friend of mine in Texas, brought this to my attention the other day. He was chatting with his dentist about good dental habits, and he realized not only how important it is to maintain these good habits but also how simple it is to add to your daily routine. Shout out to the awesome people at Vibrant Smiles located in North Richland Hills, and their amazing dentist Tiana Pham at Vibrant Smiles for having this discussion with my friend. Your dentist is a partner whom you see twice a year, but the rest is up to you. You also need to do your part at home to keep your teeth healthy and to keep gum diseases at bay.

If you take care of your teeth right you can maintain your dental health and prevent the occurrence of gum or periodontal disease from developing or advancing.

Take it from doctor Richard price who is a former clinical instructor who worked for the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine when he say that a regular dental home care encompasses flossing and brushings. His advice is to brush our teeth thoroughly at least twice in a day, once in the morning and once again at night before retiring to bed. He also says to never forget to floss your teeth at least once a day. He says he does it after eating whenever he can.

Price says the secret to good dental health is proper dental care at home and seeing your dentist at a regular basis. He says that these two are your tickets to good dental health. Price, by the way, is retired from a thirty-five year private group dental practice located in Newton, Mass.

Dental Health at Home

Price suggests you use products that are stamped with the ADA seal or the American Dental Association seal. This seal signifies that the products (the floss, the toothbrush and the toothpaste) are safe to use as directed on the label and it will help maintain the state of your oral health without cavities and without gum disease.

Here are a few fundamental principles you should follow:

  • When brushing your teeth it is advised that you spend at least three minutes on it and at least twice a day. It’s going to sound ridiculous but dentists suggest you bring a timer with you while brushing to ensure that you are spending enough time to complete your oral care routine.
  • Use dental floss once in a day every day to get rid of food that gets stuck in between your teeth.
  • Buy ADA-approved dental toothbrush, floss and toothpaste

Price says that basically all you need to do is to brush and floss your teeth regularly and correctly.

The whole point of doing regular dental home care is to prevent the buildup of plaque in and around your gum area and teeth apart from this it is done to prevent tooth decay, the occurrence of gum disease or periodontal disease and to fight against bad breath. Price elaborates further by saying that older adults who neglect dental care and who allow plaque to build up are often susceptible to infections. They develop these infections in the delicate tissue surrounding their teeth.

A whole stash of dental tools is readily available in local drugstores to help get your teeth cleaned at home. Examples of such dental tools are regular toothbrushes, power toothbrushes, waxed floss, unwaxed floss, and inter-dental cleaners such as picks, mouth rinses and oral irrigators. You can ask your dentist which among these tools you can include in your daily dental cleaning routine at home.

The Repercussions of Poor Oral Hygiene

Poor oral hygiene causes plaque to collect along your gum line and around the base of your teeth. These cause your gums to become inflamed and reddened. Price explains that if you practice poor oral hygiene you are inviting plaque to gather around causing redness and inflammation to your gums. Plaque is a film loaded with bacteria and if this is allowed to accumulate on your gums and teeth gum disease and tooth decay will ensue.

If you continue to neglect properly caring for your teeth at home or dismiss going to your dentist for a regular check up plaque will surely accumulate and when this happens it could lead to the development of empty spaces around your teeth. These so called spaces will inevitably result to the destruction of bone and other important tissues that support your teeth. If not properly cared for, you could lose your teeth. Although implants are available these can be very expensive and the cheaper ones look absolutely artificial compared to real teeth and people could tell the difference.

But don’t fret because there is always a solution to that problem. Don’t wait until all your teeth will fall off. As early as now try to be diligent about your dental care hygiene practices and always ensure that you pencil in your dentist’s appointment once in every six weeks or twice in a year. Doing so prevents the build up of plaque and if you’ve already contacted gum disease, early detection and with proper care you can be able to reverse it. Price says that he considers a healthy mouth as a mouth free of plaque. He says that together with regular dental checkups, proper flossing and brushing are the only effective methods that can prevent the buildup of plaque.

It’s very easy to forget about brushing especially when you’re too tired to walk to the bathroom after work and do your usual dental ritual. But if you are concerned about your health you should always make it a priority to properly floss and brush your teeth. It’s not just about looks but it’s about your overall health.

Simone Fiorletta

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