Oral health refers to the health of your mouth and teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly at home is one of the easiest ways to maintain good oral health. Brushing your teeth and flossing helps to remove plaque from the teeth and gum line. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that gathers on the teeth and along the gum line. Plaque can harden into tartar, which can lead to gingivitis and tooth decay.
In order to keep your oral health in good shape, it is also important to follow a nutritious diet. Oral health problems can sometimes be the result of nutritional deficiencies. For example, poor nutrition can contribute to gum disease. The bacteria that cause gum disease also feed on sugar in the mouth.
Drinking enough water helps flush bacteria-causing food debris out of your mouth. In addition to keeping your body hydrated, water can also help keep your mouth moist. This is especially important after professional teeth cleaning.
Drinking enough water also dilutes acids, which promotes tooth decay. When your mouth is dry, your saliva isn’t able to wash away the acids, which demineralize your tooth enamel.
Sugar is bad for your teeth, and every time you eat something sugary, the bacteria in your mouth get to work on breaking it down and converting it into acid. This acid attacks your teeth, wearing them down, eroding your enamel, and irritating the soft tissue inside your mouth.
Tobacco and alcohol can have a negative impact on oral health. In fact, alcohol in mouthwashes can be especially harmful to the health of the gums. Using these substances can affect the health of your teeth and gums, so it’s best to avoid these substances altogether.
Tobacco can stain teeth, irritate soft tissues in the mouth, and cause other health problems.
You can help keep your smile healthy through regular dental visits. During your visit, we’ll professionally clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup. If we find signs of decay or infection, then we’ll treat it right in our office. If you need to restore your tooth with a crown or filling, then we can often complete the procedure right here.
Please do reach out to us on call or by scheduling an online consultation with our dental professionals, and we’ll be glad to assist you further.