You probably spend the majority of your time in the comfort of your home. Therefore, it stands to reason that it is the place where you develop most of your daily habits and routines. Our mouths have various functions that are essential to our everyday life, such as communicating, eating, and smiling. With this in mind, you must foster a healthy oral routine not only to maintain the said uses but to benefit your overall health too.
While your dentist here in our Pensacola, FL, office, Dr. Edwin Yee, can help you care for your oral health with regular oral health exams and dental cleanings, it’s crucial that you follow good oral practices at home as well.
Keeping Your Teeth Healthy at Home
There are various simple ways to maintain your oral health at home, including the following:
- Brush your teeth before going to sleep. Doing this will clean away the germs and plaque that have accumulated in your mouth throughout the day, thus preventing tooth decay.
- Know the proper technique. Grip your toothbrush at an angle, pointing the bristles to the region where your teeth and gums meet. Brush in a circular, to and fro motion. Brush for two minutes, and don’t forget to brush your tongue, as well as the inside, outside, and surface areas of your teeth.
- Rinse your mouth with mouthwash. Just by simply gargling mouthwash, you lessen the amount of acidity in your mouth. The areas around the gums that are hard to brush are also cleaned and your teeth will be re-mineralized and further protected from decay and damage.
- Use fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride aids effectively in the protection of your teeth against cavities since it fights off harmful germs and bacteria in your mouth.
- Don’t forget to floss. This is just as crucial as brushing your teeth. Flossing can help lessen plaque, stimulate the gums, and reduce inflammation.
- Reduce the consumption of acidic and sugary foods. Sugar turns into acid in the mouth, which can erode the enamel in your teeth and cause cavities.
- If you smoke, quit. Smoking not only discolors your teeth but also causes other serious health issues such as oral cancer and a host of chronic health issues.
- Hydrate more with water. Water can help wash away unwanted remnants from the food you ate and benefit your overall health.
For Any Oral Health Questions or Concerns, We Can Help
Set up your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Edwin Yee, in our Pensacola, FL, office by calling (850) 479-3355.