3 Everyday Tips for Optimal Oral Health
The benefits of having a healthy smile are endless. Optimal oral health plays a much larger role in our overall health than we think. Having tip-top oral hygiene reduces the risks of many diseases such as gum disease, heart disease, and even stroke, as it is suggested that all of these conditions could be linked to the health status of your mouth.
The evidence is clear: having a healthy mouth promotes a healthy lifestyle, and we’re here to give you three everyday tips on how to keep your oral hygiene in-check.
The benefits of brushing your teeth daily are no secret, but here’s how you can up-your-game when it’s time to hit the toothbrush again.
Two-Minute Rule – According to the American Dental Association (ADA), patients should brush their teeth for at least two minutes per session to ensure complete coverage of the teeth, gums, and tongue.
At An Angle – The ADA also recommends that you brush at a 45-degree angle, starting from the bottom of the teeth (top of gums) to the top of the teeth, in a circular up-and-down motion, not a side-to-side.
Not Just Teeth – Ensure you are brushing your tongue during your oral healthcare routine. Your tongue can host bacteria just like your teeth and gums.
Floss Like a Boss
One of the most underappreciated oral health care routines is flossing. This important step in oral hygiene removes plaque and food which would otherwise be unreachable, and there’s a right way of doing it.
More is Better – Start with more than 18-inches of floss around each middle finger for maximum coverage.
Curve With a Capital C – Ensure you are curving the floss around each tooth in a ‘C’ shape. Floss between each tooth in an up and down motion, but be gentle; you don’t want to force anything out.
There are dozens of oral rinse solutions on the market today; anti-plaque, anti-gingivitis and even alcohol-free.
No matter what your oral healthcare goals are, consider using a mouthwash which contains some of these key ingredients:
Fluoride – One key ingredient in mouthwash and toothpaste alike, is fluoride. That’s because it helps to prevent tooth decay like cavities.
Hydrogen Peroxide – Yes, the same chemical that can help sterilize cuts and scrapes can help eliminate bacteria in your mouth. As a bonus, it can help whiten teeth as well. Talk about a win-win.
Learn More About Oral Hygiene
Your dentist can give you a comprehensive list of action items on how to take care of your mouth on a daily basis. Contact the team at Dr. Koo’s dentist office today for more information.