THERE’S MORE TO oral health care than a beautiful smile and keeping your teeth and mouth healthy requires more than just daily brushing. Often the condition of the mouth mirrors the overall condition of the body and poor oral health can have a significant negative impact on quality of life.
“Good oral health care is often just about creating good habits and sticking to them,” explained Dr Remo Fanelli of Fanelli Dental. “Knowing what products are available and finding the ones that work best for you is often half the battle. It’s vital to build an oral health care plan into your daily routine to ensure your mouth and teeth stay healthy for years to come.”
Here, Dr Fanelli and oral care expert, CareDent, provide some simple tips that should be part of everyone’s oral health plan no matter what age.
1. Choose the right toothbrush and replace it regularly
A soft-bristled brush that fits your mouth comfortably is recommended. Bristles should be sturdy enough to remove plaque but not hard enough to cause damage. Dentists advise replacing your toothbrush every three months or sooner.
2. Regular flossing
Floss daily to remove plaque from areas of your mouth toothbrushes can’t reach. Find the method that works best for you whether it’s regular dental floss or an interdental brush and build it into your daily routine.
3. Brush regularly
Brush at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time and be thorough. Brush on all sides of the teeth and move the bristles below the gum line which is an area that is often neglected.
4. Work on technique
Use a thorough effective technique when brushing. Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle and aim below the gum line. Use a slow circular motion and remember to brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of the teeth for best results.
5. Regular dental check-up
Seeing a dentist regularly helps to keep your mouth in top shape and allows your dentist to watch for developments that may point to other health issues.
6. Watch your diet
Eat a healthy diet to provide the necessary nutrients (vitamins A and C, in particular) to prevent gum disease.