Poor oral hygiene habits can cause a number of oral health issues, including tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. These problems can make it difficult to eat and speak properly. They are also associated with other serious medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and dementia.
Your oral health is directly connected to your overall health. Taking care of your teeth and gums can help to prevent and treat a variety of general health conditions.
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is recommended by the American Dental Association. If you are someone undergoing orthodontic treatment, then brushing your teeth after every meal or snack is highly recommended. This helps ensure that your teeth are free of food debris and plaque in between dental visits.
One of the best ways to keep your teeth clean is by flossing on a regular and consistent basis. When you brush your teeth, you aren’t able to reach the tight spaces in between your teeth. That’s why flossing is so crucial, as it removes plaque buildup between your teeth and along your gum line.
A mouthwash is an effective way to fight plaque and tartar buildup. When used correctly, it can remove buildup from between teeth, prevent gingivitis, and prevent bad breath.
Tobacco products can cause multiple oral health problems. They stain your teeth, cause bad breath, and contribute to oral cancer. If you smoke or use tobacco products regularly, your dentist may recommend quitting.
Tobacco products increase your risk of developing oral cancer. In fact, men have a 50% higher risk of developing oral cancer than women.
You can prevent oral cancer from developing by quitting smoking or using tobacco products.
One of the first things that you can do to maintain your oral health at home is to maintain a nutritious diet. Include plenty of vitamins and minerals in your diet, including calcium, vitamins A, C, and D, and magnesium. Calcium helps to build strong teeth and bones, while vitamin A promotes proper tooth development. Vitamin C helps to fight gum disease, and vitamin D helps to prevent infections. Magnesium helps to stimulate saliva production, which is important for protecting against cavities.
Brushing and flossing your teeth at home is only a small part of maintaining your oral health. During your checkups, your dentist will also screen you for oral cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. We will check for signs of any complications that you may not have noticed and treat them right away.
At M.Hirota, DMD, we utilize all the necessary equipment to meet your daily clinic needs. We provide instructions on taking care of oral health. Visit us at 135 Civic Center Dr #102, National City, CA 91950. Contact us at (619) 474-4695 or visit our website for more information.