It’s pretty widely known and accepted today that dental health is a fairly important factor in general health too.
Visiting the dentist regularly is a key component to achieving and maintaining dental health. Also important are brushing twice a day, flossing, using mouthwash and eating a balanced diet.
Minor dental problems, if ignored, can become major dental problems or even dental emergencies over time.
Regular dental visits not only help to keep teeth in perfect working health but also serve to catch minor dental issues before they become major. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every 6 months. Therefore, it’s vital to make – and keep – these regular dental visits and appointments.
Proper dental hygiene is important in preventing dental health problems and preventing dental emergencies too. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention? This is especially true with your dental health.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day but ideally, after every time you eat. Using an electric toothbrush – especially one labeled ‘sonic’ – is helpful. You should always brush at least one full minute and two is better. Do remember to change your toothbrush head regularly too.
Using mouthwash also keeps your mouth clean and fresh and healthy. Your dentist can recommend the best mouthwash for you and most will suggest one with fluoride. Fluoride helps to kill the bacteria that causes plaque and leads to cavities and other gum diseases.
Flossing your teeth after brushing is also essential to dental health and preventing dental emergencies. Proper flossing is vital too. You should place the floss very gently between teeth in the gum portion. Flossing will remove debris from this area that cannot be reached by the toothbrush. If you haven’t flossed in a while, it can cause slight bleeding. This should resolve once you start / resume flossing.
Eating a balanced diet is also important to dental health and general health. Your diet should contain calcium, iron, and vitamins in the right proportion. You can also take supplements if your diet doesn’t provide enough of what you need.
Combine these four things with regular dental visits to a reputable dentist and your dental health is nearly assured. This one-two-punch will also help keep dental emergencies at bay.