Ellensburg Dental Care
Keep Your Teeth Healthy at Home
Keeping up with good oral hygiene at home is a must! You have so many good reasons to keep your family’s teeth and gums healthy. Their sparkling smiles. Being able to chew for good nutrition. Avoiding toothaches and discomfort. And new research suggests that gum disease can lead to other problems in the body, including increased risk of heart disease.
Here are 10 at Home Dental Tips
We’ve prepared a list of ten things you can do at home.
Even if you’ve been told that you have nice teeth, it’s crucial to take the right steps every day to take care of them and prevent problems. This involves getting the right oral care products, as well as being mindful of your daily habits.
It’s no secret that the general recommendation is to brush at least twice a day. Still, many of us continue to neglect brushing our teeth at night. Brushing before bed gets rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.
Plaque can also build up on your tongue. Not only can this lead to bad mouth odor, but it can lead to other oral health problems. Gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
Mouthwash helps in three ways:
- It reduces the amount of acid in the mouth
- It cleans hard-to-brush areas in and around the gums
- I re-mineralizes the teeth.
If you use teeth to crack nuts, remove bottle tops or rip open packaging, you risk chipping or even breaking your teeth.
Food acids soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes (cavities or caries). In severe cases, teeth may be ‘eaten’ right down to the gum. Bacteria in dental plaque change sugars into acids.
Fluoride is a leading defense against tooth decay. It works by fighting germs that can lead to decay, as well as providing a protective barrier for your teeth.
Flossing is just as important as brushing to prevent gum disease, which may be associated with health complications later in life.
Are your teeth sensitive? Consider using a softer toothbrush. Have arthritis? Coonsider a power toothbrush to help. Using the right toothbrush to ensure that you are effectively removing plaque, and not doing any damage in the process! Also, change out your toothbrush every 3 months!
Water continues to be the best beverage for your overall health. Also, as a rule of thumb drink water after every meal. This can help wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages in between brushes.