How Can You Maintain Good Oral Health At Home?

Posted by Kleinheinz Dentistry on Sep 29 2022, 10:43 AM

Oral health focuses on preventing and treating oral diseases. Oral diseases are infections of the mouth and can include dental caries (cavities), periodontal (gum) disease, oral cancer, and other diseases that affect the teeth, gums, and oral mucosa. Through simple oral health tips, you can keep all these issues at bay.

Here are the tips:

Brushing and Flossing

Oral hygiene at home is just important as dental visits. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day helps remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth. Both brushing and flossing can reduce the risk of gum disease and cavities.

Quitting Smoking or Using Tobacco Products

Tobacco use can lead to oral health problems like gum disease, oral cancer, and bad breath. Additionally, using tobacco puts you at risk of oral cancer.

Quitting tobacco may take time to change. However, it's well worth the effort when you consider the improvement in your dental health.

Avoiding Sugary Drinks and Foods

While having a sweet treat every now and then is fine, you should not be consuming sugary foods and drinks every day. In fact, you should limit how often you consume sugar and also cut back substantially on the number of times you have dessert.

Sugary drinks and foods cause cavities because they cause the pH levels in your mouth to fluctuate. The bacteria in your mouth create acid that dissolves your tooth enamel. This, in turn, causes cavities to form.

Eating a Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet is one of the best ways you can maintain good oral hygiene. This is because food particles often get stuck between teeth and slowly start to build up, causing plaque. Plaque can harden into tartar, making it much more difficult to remove. However, by eating foods that are high in calcium and phosphorus, you can decrease the chances of this happening. Calcium and phosphorus act as natural inhibitors of plaque and tartar.

Minimizing Your Intake of Acidic Foods

It's very easy to consume more acidic foods than you may realize. Many foods, such as tomato sauce, salad dressing, and tomato sauce, are very acidic. When consumed in excess, these acidic foods can erode your dental enamel. The enamel is what helps to keep your tooth enamel strong, and when it is eroded, it can increase your risk of developing cavities. There are some things you can do at home to help minimize your intake of acidic foods.

Try drinking more water instead of soda or juice. Water helps to neutralize any acid in your mouth. Also, try to stick to sugarless gum, as chewing sugarless gum helps to produce saliva, which is a natural defense against tooth decay.

Using mouth Rinses and Fluoride Products

Mouth rinses contain active ingredients that may help fight plaque and freshen your breath. However, these products shouldn't be used alone.

Talk to your dentist about using a fluoridated mouth rinse at home. These rinses provide cavity protection by strengthening tooth enamel. They also freshen your breath and kill bacteria.

Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

Following your dental exam, our team at Kleinheinz Dentistry will work with you to develop a treatment plan. This plan may include any restorative or cosmetic procedures that you may need, as well as dental cleanings and exams. These routine dental cleanings are important for several reasons. First, they help to prevent gum disease. Second, they allow our team to spot early signs of dental problems. 

Please reach out to our dental practice at 3121 Springbank Ln Ste D Charlotte, NC 28226, to consult with our dentists, Drs. Jeffrey S. Kleinheinz. Call Dentist in Charlotte, NC, at (704) 542-6003 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.

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