Habits can be bad or good. We should all want to get rid of our bad habits and become addicted to the good habits. Some of the best habits are the kind that promotes health and oral hygiene maintenance.
A myriad of dubious dental health issues can be eliminated by engaging in good oral hygiene every day. The following are some healthy habits that will produce healthy teeth.
Daily Adherence to Brushing and Flossing
At a minimum, brushing 2x per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush using toothpaste containing fluoride is a beneficial practice. Gently clean the gumline where plaque builds up to clean food and bacteria from your teeth. In addition to that, flossing once a day gets to the places your brushing misses. Also, buy a new toothbrush when the bristles fray.
Healthy Eating Habits
Reduce or eliminate foods and drink that contain sugar or starches, and load up on fruits and vegetables. Just like your mother told you, doing this not only helps to maintain a healthy weight, but it also increases saliva production which defends against tooth decay.
Regular Dental Visits
Detecting dental problems before they become complicated is critical. So, be sure to visit your dentist for frequent professional cleanings and check-ups. The acceptable time between visits should be no longer than 6 months.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
Research says that chronic alcoholism is related to cancer of the mouth and throat. If you drink heavily, seek balance and limit your consumption.
Eliminate Tobacco Products
The use of any type of tobacco product: cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and chewing tobacco can instigate periodontal (gum) disease, not to mention many types of oral and throat cancer.
If you are interested in learning more about your oral health, call Dr. David J. Berg for more information. Please contact Studio 1 Dental to make an appointment at: 916.567.0900, or come by our office in Sacramento, California.