Oral Health Simplified: All You Have to Do is Follow These Four Steps
Everyone wants to take good care of their oral health, but not everyone knows how to achieve this goal. At California Dental Group, we are always happy to discuss your oral health and to provide personalized tips for your specific needs. Generally speaking, most people can follow these four steps with good results.
- Do Not Skip Dental Visits
- Brush Your Teeth at Least Twice Per Day
- Floss Daily
- Stick to Healthy Foods
One of the most important things you can do for your oral health is to visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and dental exam. This gives us the chance to assess the state of your teeth and gums, to find issues before they become serious, and to take care of issues such as built-up tartar or gum disease. During your exam, we can talk to you about any improvements you could make to your overall at-home regimen.
Most people have heard that they should be brushing twice daily since they were little kids. There is a good reason for this – it is good advice. When you brush, you are getting rid of food particles, are removing surface stains before they become permanent, and are getting rid of bacteria that could otherwise cause harm to your teeth and gums. Proper brushing takes just two minutes in the morning and two minutes at night. Are four minutes per day worth increased oral health?
Just as you have likely heard many times that you should brush twice per day, you have probably also heard that you should floss regularly. But, you might wonder, what does it mean to floss regularly? For most people, the recommendation is once per day. For some people, it is better to floss several times per day. For example, if you have advanced gum disease, flossing twice per day might be recommended.
If you notice that your gums bleed when you floss, it might be due to a lack of previous flossing that will go away once you start to floss regularly. However, if the bleeding and inflammation does not go away after a few days, then it is likely you have gum disease and you should contact your dentist as soon as possible for a checkup.
One of the most overlooked aspects of oral health is following a healthy diet. Your gums, teeth, and mouth require good nutrition just as the rest of your body does. Eating healthfully overall is important, and when it comes to your teeth, you should avoid excessive sweets or acidic foods as they can damage your teeth.
If you are ready to talk to a dentist who can help you find the best way to improve your oral health, contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 right away.