It’s essential to practice good dental habits every day to maintain a healthy mouth and prevent dental problems like gum disease and cavities. Gingivitis is a mild form of Periodontitis, and the most common symptoms are redness, swelling, bleeding, and some discomfort. Periodontitis is the inflammation that occurs around the tooth when gingivitis is not treated. The efforts you make and the steps you take to have good oral health will be worth it since this can help you avoid these dental problems and keep your teeth for a lifetime. A healthy smile does not only benefit your mouth; it also benefits your overall health.
Tips and Reminders
Do not go to bed at night without brushing your teeth. Why? If you don’t brush your teeth before going to bed, you won’t be able to get rid of germs & plaque that accumulate throughout the day. Make sure to brush your teeth properly. Brushing your teeth incorrectly is almost as bad as not brushing your teeth at all plus it only takes 4 minutes a day to do it right! We have listed some tips and reminders below to help you have an excellent dental care routine:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Use a toothbrush that is soft and has small head (replace it every 3-4 months)
- Electronic toothbrushes are a great option (Replace the head of the toothbrush every 3-4 months)
- Make sure you brush gently throughout your upper and lower teeth
- Don’t forget about the inside surface of your teeth!
- Brushing your tongue will help you avoid bad breath
- A fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse is recommended since they can reverse easy signs of tooth decay and helps rebuild tooth enamel
- Flossing your teeth is also an essential step- floss your teeth daily
- Drink more water
- Limit the intake of sugary foods and sugary drinks
- Quit smoking
- Visit the dental office regularly
Everyone should go see the dentist for a check-up at least once a year to monitor and prevent conditions that could lead to severe dental problems. Regular cleanings are vital to remove the buildup of tartar and plaque, which, if not removed, can cause oral conditions that may cause horrible pain and discomfort and require a high level of treatment.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Generally, you should have a dental cleaning every 6 months; however, in some cases, your dentist will recommend having a professional cleaning every 3-4 months, depending on the health of your gums. If you haven’t had a checkup in over a year or dental cleaning in over 6 months, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Please do not wait to have symptoms to see a dentist since most oral conditions give signs when it is already too late to reverse the problem or treat quickly.