How Can You Maintain Good Oral Health At Home?

How Can You Maintain Good Oral Health At Home?

Posted by Anthony G Corbo on Sep 13 2022, 06:37 AM

Oral health refers to the health of a person’s mouth, teeth, gums, and other areas of the mouth. It includes the ability to perform normal activities such as speaking, eating, and swallowing. 

Maintaining good oral health at home may not be as complicated as you think. In fact, it’s downright simple. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

Brushing Your Teeth Properly

Proper brushing should take 2 minutes. Make sure you brush your top teeth, then you should brush your bottom teeth. Next, brush the insides and outsides of your front teeth. Finally, brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

Flossing Regularly

Flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from between teeth. Brushing alone cannot reach these areas as effectively. Skipping flossing, however, can lead to tooth decay and other problems.

Using Mouthwash

Many patients use mouthwash as a daily at-home tool to fight plaque, bacteria, and gingivitis. Mouthwash comes in wide different varieties, including medicated and non-medicated.

Medicated mouthwash contains antimicrobial ingredients, which are effective at killing bacteria and plaque. Patients can use medicated mouthwash to strengthen their oral hygiene routine, keeping their mouths clean and fresh. However, mouthwash should not be used as a replacement for brushing and flossing.

Eating a Healthy Diet

Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean, strong, and healthy. A healthy diet includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Be sure to eat foods high in calcium and vitamin D to keep your teeth and bones strong.

Avoiding Bad Habits 

When it comes to taking care of your teeth, what you do at home is just as important as what a dentist does. That’s why it’s important to avoid bad habits like smoking, chewing tobacco, etc., which can damage your teeth and gums.

Visiting Your Dentist For Regular Checkups

During your checkup, you’ll receive a professional dental cleaning and exam. The cleaning will remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth. This is important because plaque and tartar can build up quickly, especially in areas that you don’t easily reach with a toothbrush. Without professional cleanings, plaque and tartar can eventually lead to tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.

After the cleaning, your dentist will also perform a thorough dental exam. This exam includes a thorough visual exam, a dental x-ray, and oral cancer screening. During the visual exam, your dentist will look for signs of tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. 

Schedule an appointment with Anthony G Corbo, DDS, to learn more about our dental services. Head over to 13101 Old Sheridan St, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33330. Contact us at (954)434-2234 or visit our website to book an appointment.  

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