Have you ever wondered how Dentists care for their own mouths? Or what dental advice they give to their own family members? Dr. Charles Martin of Richmond Smile Center believes that you deserve the appearance and wellness benefits of oral health. He shares these tips on caring for your adult teeth and gums.
You've heard it since you were a kid, but the importance of home oral hygiene can't be overstated. You have access to your teeth and gums 24/7/365. Dr. Martin and the hygiene team at Richmond Smile Center only see you for a few hours each year. So brush after meals, or at least after breakfast and before bedtime. Use a soft toothbrush in a size appropriate for your mouth and replace it about every three months. Brush in quadrants with a circular motion, using non-abrasive toothpaste. Each brushing session should take about two minutes.
Even thorough brushing misses about 30 percent of total tooth area, so don't forget to floss before you turn in. Use about 18 inches of floss and gently pull it into a v-shape to clean sides of teeth and dislodge bits of food debris stuck between.
Tooth healthy nutrition.
An overall nutritious diet also supports oral health. Limit sugary or starchy snacks, especially those that stick to teeth. Instead munch on crunchy fresh produce.
We pound coffee, tea, soft drinks, and sports beverages, but most adults simply don't drink enough plain, fresh water. It fights dry mouth (which contributes to tooth decay and gum disease) and water helps to flush bacteria and food debris between brushings. Don't be fooled into thinking that diet soft drinks or sugar-free sports beverages are just as good for teeth. They contain acids that erode tooth enamel.
Modern life is stressful, and unfortunately we sometimes turn to destructive habits to manage it – tobacco, alcohol, or drugs. You'll do your whole body a service by not smoking or using drugs, and limiting alcohol consumption. You'll also dramatically decrease oral health hazards, including risk of gum disease and oral cancers. Try healthy relaxation techniques like physical exercise, yoga, meditation, or massage.
Regular dental visits.
Schedules are busy and at the moment it may make sense to cancel your regular checkup and cleaning. However, early detection of potential oral problems saves time, money, and discomfort in the long term. Make checkups a priority. Learn more about the connection between oral health and whole body wellness.
Everything that goes into your mouth has an impact on the rest of your physiology. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the link between oral bacteria and grave systemic disorders like diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. Take time to learn more about how a healthy mouth can help you look better, feel good, and live longer.
Would you like more professional tips on caring for your teeth and gums? Call Richmond Smile Center today at 804.417.7203 to become Dr. Martin's newest patient.
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