Oral health is a big part of overall health. Having healthy teeth and gums not only has positive effects on your physical health, but also on your self-confidence, and even the way others respond to you. As we age, health problems including oral health problems become more common. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say, so by starting early and building excellent oral hygiene habits, you can set yourself up for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Some find it difficult to follow a strict oral hygiene routine, especially if they aren’t used to having to. But, by being consistent and building healthy habits you can make a huge difference in your oral health, and avoid gum disease, tooth decay, tooth loss and other negative health impacts later on in life. Here are some ways you can stay on top of your oral health, and keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy:
Make A Routine
If you brush your teeth at least twice every day, and floss every night, you’re setting yourself up for a healthy mouth. By making brushing and flossing part of your daily routine, you won’t forget as often, nor will it seem like such a big effort.
Get The Right Equipment
The right toothbrush can be a big asset, while the wrong one can cause real damage. An overly hard toothbrush can damage the enamel of your teeth and cause yellowing. Ask your dentist to recommend a good toothbrush brand and type if you are unsure.
Toothbrushes should be changed every three months as they gather bacteria and lose efficacy over time.
Keep A Healthy Lifestyle
This one doesn’t just apply to oral health, but to all around health. Diet and other habits can have negative effects on the health of your teeth and gums. Starches, sugar, and other highly acidic foods and drinks (especially alcohol, and coffee) can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and discolouration. Smoking is also very bad for your teeth, and your overall health. By building healthy eating and lifestyle habits early on, you’re making good choices that will affect the quality of your entire life!
Visit The Dentist
Visiting the dentist is definitely not many people’s idea of a good time, but regular dental visits and cleanings are so important to the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. By taking good, regular care of your oral health you can avoid pain, hassle, and spending money down the road when bigger health issues arrive. Regular cleanings keep your teeth and gums healthy, and mean your dentist may be able to spot a possible issue before it gets worse.
Invest in your oral health today, and build great habits for the rest of your life. Your teeth and gums are important, treat them well!