We all want to have clean white teeth, right? We thought that dental health can be measured by the way your teeth looked. But as beautiful as those would appear, we have to scratch beneath the surface to determine what really defines good dental health. Is it just for your teeth?
What is dental health?
Oral or dental health is concerned with your teeth, gums, and all the surrounding tissues in your mouth. The main goal is to avert problems such as tooth decay caused by cavities and gum infections, as well as to maintain the overall health of your entire mouth.
Why is dental health important?
For most of us, we see oral health as secondary to our medical health. We would rather take medications to treat medical problems than focus our attention on getting dental treatments to ensure our optimal dental health. That is what dentists and other dental professionals aim to change. We should consider dental health as part of the equation when it comes to our overall health needs. This thinking should be changed because they truly are connected. A dental problem may affect our whole body; likewise, a health problem may have an effect on our mouth.
How can we take care of our dental health?
Start now. If you are a kid reading this article, ask your parents to schedule a dental appointment for you so a dentist can see what needs to be done to ensure you have a healthy mouth. Determining dental problems during their early development stages may be easier to solve and treat. If you are an adult, making it a habit to see your dentist at least twice a year is necessary. Having a professional monitor your dental health ensures that your overall oral health is cared for.
Brush your mouth twice a day
Did you read it right? Yes. This means brush and clean not just your teeth, but the whole of your mouth, including the gums, tongue, the insides of your cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. Bacteria and germs can stay there so you need to scrape them off just as what brushing does to the teeth. Proper brushing does not need a saw-like motion; it should be done in an up-and-down movement and a back and forth motion with your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. These movements ensure that both the teeth and gums are brushed and food debris stuck in between them could be safely removed.
Floss every day
Speaking of food debris, sometimes, brushing just can’t remove all the food particles that are stuck in between your teeth. People with crooked and overcrowded teeth may have very tiny spaces where debris can get trapped and brushing our teeth can’t seem to be enough to get them out. This is what flossing is all about. Hard-to-reach spaces can never hide any dirt once you thread your floss carefully on each one. It may be a bit of a struggle for the first few days that you are using it, some may even complain of bleeding. But when used regularly and properly, flossing can prevent plaque and tartar buildup which can lead to cavities.
Add mouthwash in your regimen
Not the one that just gives you fresh breath. There is nothing wrong with that, but it is more important to use mouth rinses that have antibacterial properties as well. These ingredients complement what brushing and flossing do to your teeth and gums. This time, using a potent mouthwash can clean the whole mouth area.
Check your diet
As kids, we were told that eating and drinking lots of sugary food and beverages would harm our teeth. We can tell you that this idea is true! Taking in sugar can lead to cavities because these foods linger in the mouth and break down into simple sugars, on which acid-producing bacteria feed. Studies also continue to highlight the major role that sugar plays in adverse dental health outcomes. Common culprits include candy, sweet desserts, starchy foods, and many processed foods that also contain added sugar.
Instead of eating foods loaded with sugar, we recommend eating plenty of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables as well as dairy products without added sugar. And instead of drinking sodas and other highly sugary drinks, increase your water intake.
Start them young
You may be having dental problems that need treatments and procedures from your dentists, so don’t let your kid experience the same thing. As soon as your baby has teeth growing side-by-side, have them see a dentist. Even milk teeth or baby teeth can have cavities, so letting a professional clean and monitor their teeth is also important. At home, make sure that you brush or wipe their teeth and gums to remove any milk or food residue. Do not let them go to bed with their sippy cups or milk bottles.
Taking care and giving importance to our dental health can be ensured by practicing good dental care from infancy to adulthood. This practice can help anyone keep their teeth and gums healthy. Brushing and flossing daily, maintaining a healthy diet, and having regular dental checkups can help people avoid cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues. It may also benefit their overall health.