The Dos and Don’ts of Oral Hygiene

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The Global Burden of Disease Study, part of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, uncovered something scary in 2016. Around half of the world suffers from some sort of oral disease. Tooth decay made up the lion’s share, but other diseases are more prevalent than people think. Severe gum disease, for example, is the eleventh most common disease across the globe. These statistics highlight the need for quality dental advice. Thankfully, the team from Florida Dental Solutions is here to share our wisdom and give you some expert oral hygiene tips. Learn what to do and what to avoid, below! 

Oral Hygiene Tips

Dental tips are a dime a dozen. Common wisdom dictates things like brushing your teeth at least twice a day, going to the dentist on a regular basis, and more. Let’s move beyond these dental care basics though! We’re talking about three important pieces of dental advice you should always keep in mind! 

Do: Go Beyond Brushing

Brushing your teeth after every meal is the foundation of oral healthcare. If you can’t swing this, then make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Don’t stop with brushing – you should brush your gums and tongue too, and don’t forget to floss daily. The ADA recommends flossing once a day. You can also try water picking to get all the benefits of flossing in a more convenient way! 

Do: Create a Routine

Another one of the top oral hygiene tips is to create a routine. Humans are creatures of habit. We’re much more likely to do something if we’re used to doing it. This means you should have a dental routine in the morning and evening to ensure you’re taking care of your pearly whites the way they deserve. Your routine can be as simple as reading your morning emails while brushing (bonus points because this will ensure you brush for the recommended two minutes!). 

Do: Eat Healthy

Most people aren’t aware of the impact that your diet can have on your mouth’s health. Something as simple as eating foods rich in fiber can lead to significantly less tooth decay. You’ll also want to add tea into your diet, specifically green tea. There are compounds in green tea that help reduce bacteria, which leads to whiter teeth and better breath. All of this makes eating healthy an important addition to your knowledge of dental tips.   

Common Dental Mistakes to Avoid

We’ve looked at what you definitely want to do when it comes to dental care. Now let’s look at what you want to avoid at all costs.  

Don’t: Avoid Regular Checkups

There’s lots of conflicting information about how often you should go in for a regular dental checkup. Some people say an annual checkup is fine, while others insist that you should see your dentist every six months. Regardless of how often you schedule your checkups, it’s important to go in at least once a year for a routine examination and cleaning

Don’t: Forget to Change Your Brush  

How often do you change your toothbrush or electric brush head? If your answer is anything other than “frequently,” we need to have a talk. You should replace your toothbrush at least every three months. If you’re sick, or suffer from a chronic medical condition, consider replacing it sooner. 

Don’t: Smoke

Our final entry in the list of common dental mistakes to avoid is – smoking. If you needed another reason to ditch cigarettes, the impact of inhaling smoke on your oral hygiene is it. Not only does smoking color your teeth and speed up decay, but it also puts you at risk for all sorts of oral cancers. Recent data has also shown a link between vaping and the increased risk of developing cavities.

 

There you have the dos and don’ts of oral hygiene. From no-nonsense dental advice to dental mistakes you’re going to want to avoid, Florida Dental Solutions has you covered. Contact us today at (954) 362-4102 to schedule your next checkup!

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