The mouth is a place where bacteria and viruses can cause serious illness. It’s also the most visible part of your body, so keeping your teeth and gums healthy is important for your overall health. If you follow these simple steps for daily oral care, you’ll be on your way to protecting your smile!
Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- The best way to brush your teeth is by using an electric toothbrush. This will help ensure that you are getting the most efficient clean possible. In addition, many electric toothbrushes have timers that will let you know when it’s time to move on to the next section of your mouth and vice versa.
- Brush for two minutes per session—30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left). This may seem like an eternity if you’re used to brushing only briefly but it’s worth it!
- Electric toothbrushes can be very helpful with this task as well as taking care of any plaque or tartar buildup that could lead to cavities or other oral health problems later on down the road. If this sounds overwhelming then consider investing in one now so that future dental visits go more smoothly!
Floss every day.
Flossing is easy and should be done every day. It helps prevent dental disease, including tooth decay and gum disease.
To floss, use an 18-inch length of floss to slide up and down between each tooth, gently moving it in a “Z” pattern as you go along. Make sure to wrap the floss around your fingers and not push it into the gums or use too much force while rubbing against the sides of teeth.
Use a fluoride mouth rinse.
The mineral fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. It can be found in toothpaste, mouthwash, or tablets. It’s important to use a fluoride mouth rinse (or liquid) once a day if you drink water that contains less than 0.3 parts per million of fluoride.
Be careful when giving your child a fluoride rinse: don’t use it until they’re at least six months old!
Make sure you have enough fluoride in your water.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent cavities. It occurs naturally in your mouth, but some people need more fluoride than others. If you drink fluoridated water, use fluoride toothpaste, or use a fluoride mouthwash, it’s likely that you’re getting enough fluoride to prevent cavities. But if your water comes from a non-fluoridated source (like well water), or if you don’t use products that contain fluoride regularly―for example, if you rely mostly on regular brushing with an ordinary toothbrush―you may not be getting enough of this mineral to protect against tooth decay.
If you do need extra protection from tooth decay and gum disease due to low levels of natural fluoride in your tap water supply or diet (if you eat few fruits or vegetables), talk with your dentist about whether taking a supplement would benefit your oral health.
Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings with a dentist or dental hygienist.
Regular dental checkups and cleanings are a crucial part of your oral health routine. Dental visits should be planned for every six months, but you may need to visit more frequently if you have specific issues. During these appointments, your dentist or dental hygienist can identify any problems with your teeth or gums and recommend solutions.
Your dentist will also perform a thorough examination, which includes looking at the overall appearance of your mouth, examining each tooth in detail and taking x-rays (if necessary). In addition to regular examinations, it’s important to follow up with regular cleanings as well. Because plaque accumulates on teeth even when no food is stuck in between them, it’s important that you visit the dentist at least twice per year for professional cleaning services—and possibly more often if you have gum disease or other serious conditions that require extra attention from dental professionals.
While you won’t feel pain during an exam or cleaning session, there may be some slight discomfort associated with having new fillings placed or teeth extracted—but this is nothing compared to how bad things could get if left untreated!
Don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco.
Don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco. Smoking and smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco, snuff and dissolvable tobacco products) are the two leading causes of tooth loss in adults. They can cause gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss if not treated well. Smokeless tobacco also increases your risk for oral cancer.
Limit alcohol use.
Avoiding alcohol and limiting your intake is one of the best things you can do to protect your smile. Alcohol can dry out your mouth and cause bad breath, which in turn leads to dental problems such as cavities and gum disease. If you need a drink or two, make sure it’s not just soda water. It’s better to have the real thing than an artificially sweetened alternative that will leave you with no nutritional value at all!
Eat healthy foods and don’t eat too much sugar.
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks
- Avoid fruit juice
- Avoid soda
- Avoid sweetened teas
- Avoid sports drinks
- Avoid energy drinks
- Don’t eat too much sugar
Wipe out baby’s mouth after feedings to prevent tooth decay.
There are many things you can do to maintain your baby’s oral health. You should wipe out your child’s mouth with a damp cloth after every feeding so that food residue does not stick around for long periods of time. This will prevent tooth decay, especially if your child is teething. If you have a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, consider using them on the teeth and gums to clean off any excess food particles or plaque buildup.
If possible, avoid using bottles as a means of feeding; instead, use wide-necked cups or sippy cups that allow for easy cleaning with water (or even just plain old soap). This will prevent any bacteria from building up in the container itself, which could then be ingested by your baby through their drinking water.
Do daily oral care for kids who can’t brush their own teeth.
- Use a soft toothbrush with rounded bristles.
- Spend at least two minutes brushing twice a day, after meals, snacks and beverages.
- Brush all surfaces of teeth including the biting surfaces of the upper front teeth where you can’t see them.
- Use fluoridated toothpaste to prevent cavities and gum disease in children ages 2 to 6 years old.*
There are things you should do routinely to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
The following steps are important ways to keep your mouth and teeth healthy:
- Brush, floss, and rinse at least twice a day. Brushing removes the debris that can cause cavities, while flossing helps remove plaque from in between the teeth. Rinsing with a fluoride-containing mouthwash after brushing adds extra protection against tooth decay in adults and children older than 6 years of age.
- See your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings (usually every six months).
- Don’t smoke or chew tobacco products because they harm teeth as well as other parts of the body.
- Eat a balanced diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables every day; whole grains are also good for oral health since they’re difficult for bacteria to digest. Sugar substitutes aren’t recommended unless you have diabetes or another condition that requires them (talk to your dentist if you’re considering using one). Consuming too much sugar can lead to tooth decay so avoid sugary foods like soda pop, candy bars, cake frosting etcetera whenever possible!
Following these 10 tips will help you keep your mouth and teeth healthy and strong. Take care of yourself by doing things like brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting the dentist for regular cleanings. Be sure to visit our website for more information about oral health care, including how to tell if you have gum disease or tooth decay.