Posted by Dr. William Yoo
When it comes to your oral health, it’s always better to practice preventative care rather than reactive care. It’s impossible to know and foresee all dental problems but prevention is always better than having to seek treatment. Here are some ways to be proactive when it comes to your oral care to avoid dental health issues:
Practice Excellent Oral Hygiene
It’s surprising how many adults still have gaps in their oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing regularly is your best defense against cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
You should aim to brush at least twice daily, for at least two minutes each time, and floss daily too. Make sure you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush and changing it regularly to avoid bacteria build up. You may also want to use an antimicrobial mouthwash in order to keep harmful bacteria at bay.
Visit the Dentist for Cleanings
Many people only end up at the dentist if they think something is wrong with their teeth. Be proactive by visiting the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. This way, if there is a problem, your dentist may be able to catch it early, making treatment far easier!
Improve Your Diet
Making improvements to your diet will not only benefit your dental health but your overall health as well. Sugary, starchy, and acidic foods all have detrimental effects on your teeth. This includes:
Overtime, these foods can erode dental enamel, cause cavities and tooth decay, and stain or discolour teeth. While it’s impossible to cut out all these foods, it’s good to practice moderation, especially with sugar, alcohol, and starch. Some preventative measures include rinsing your mouth out with water after consuming foods you know are harmful for your teeth, and using a straw to drink any sugary or alcoholic drinks.
Quit Bad Habits
Smoking or using any other tobacco products are awful for your teeth. Quitting smoking is difficult but the effects on your dental and overall health will make it worthwhile. There are many aids you can use to quit smoking, such as medication, gum or patches, e-cigarettes, counselling, even hypnosis! If you are thinking of quitting smoking, speak to your dentist or doctor about what kind of aids may be right for you.
Visit your dentist today to discuss preventative, proactive dental care!