Have you heard about the connections between poor oral health and cardiovascular disease? Numerous studies have found a correlation, although experts are hard-pressed to explain the link. Nevertheless, cardiologists and dental professionals alike are urging Americans to establish and maintain good dental habits.
Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to pursue the best oral health possible. Read on to learn how to keep your teeth and gums in prime condition.
The Best Way to Brush
You already know how important it is to brush and floss two times each day, but do you understand the best way to brush your teeth? It’s not necessary to scrub at your chompers with a hard-bristled brush. In fact, that can damage your teeth and gums.
Instead, use a soft-bristled brush to gently brush in circular motions. Aim your toothbrush toward the gum line. Be sure to spend adequate time brushing the inside of your teeth, as well.
Brush for two minutes, or about the length of a pop song.
Flossing is Vital
You knew it was coming, didn’t you? Yes, it’s vital to floss your teeth regularly. If you don’t like using traditional floss, try one of the many alternatives. One is a disposable flosser or a reusable long-handled one with refills. Or invest in a water flosser or interdental device.
It may take some experimentation to find the method you prefer, but it’s worth doing. Your efforts at flossing will pay off the next time you visit your dentist, as well as in the long run.
Use the Right Toothpaste
Forget all the gimmicks that are popping up on the internet and on drugstore shelves, like activated charcoal or minuscule particles of “breath strips” in toothpaste. Stick to a plain, old-fashioned toothpaste that contains fluoride, and you’ll do just fine.
Fluoride remains one of the leading defenses against tooth decay.
Consider Adding Mouthwash
If you don’t already use mouthwash, consider giving it a go. Dentists say that it can be one of the best oral health boosters. However, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that mouthwash can take the place of flossing — or, heaven forbid, of brushing.
Mouthwashes that use alcohol can be drying, which is ultimately bad for the health of your mouth. Just as vigorous brushing isn’t necessary, neither is using a bracing mouthwash. Find one with a flavor you like and use it regularly.
See Your Dentist
Having your teeth cleaned can help you maintain good oral hygiene, and it’s also a smart idea to visit the dentist to make sure no cavities are forming. The earlier you catch a developing cavity, the easier it will be to treat.
Of course, just keeping your teeth clean and healthy won’t help if they are crooked, chipped, or missing altogether! Your dentist can explain the value of cosmetic dentistry, and tell you which procedures might be right for you.
Achieving the Best Oral Health Isn’t That Hard
It’s not particularly difficult or expensive to take care of your teeth, gums, and tongue. So what are you waiting for? Get on track to the best oral health of your life.
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