Wouldn’t it be great if life came with an instruction manual? Luckily for us, there are guides to most of our daily actions. However, when it comes to our dental health and the way we treat our teeth, we are given no such manual. This is where a dentist’s guide and expertise come in handy! This oral hygiene guide provides you with information on how to maintain your teeth and gums, as well as tips on how to prevent gum disease. Your oral health is just as important as your physical health and cannot be ignored. Here are some of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy.

The first step to good oral hygiene is to engage in healthy dental habits on a regular basis. This includes brushing your teeth regularly and flossing between your teeth to remove plaque and food particles from your mouth. You can also use mouthwash for cleaning your mouth, which will help prevent cavities. However, mouthwash should not be used in leu of regular brushing and flossing. The second step is to take control of your diet. A healthy diet consists of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These are rich in fiber and vitamins that help keep your teeth clean. Also, avoiding certain foods such as acidic foods, sugary treats, and/or hard food or candies can help you avoid cracking teeth and cavities. The third step is getting rid of other habits that negatively affect your dental health. This includes smoking cigarettes. If you start these good habits as early as possible, you can thwart dental health problems and gum disease.

Another necessary component of good oral health is having regular oral exams. These exams are usually given every 6 months to check for cavities and other problems. The dentist will perform a routine oral exam and make sure that your teeth are healthy. This will include a teeth cleaning and routine x-rays. They usually also provide tips on how to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other problems. These appointments are vital to keeping a healthy mouth. 

Introducing Preventative Care to Children

So, how early should we introduce good dental habits to our children? It is important that parents and caregivers know the importance of good oral hygiene. The following are some tips for parents:

  • Introduce tooth brushing and mouth cleaning as early as possible
  • Use baby toothbrushes or finger brushes to clean your child’s mouth until they are independent enough to it themselves
  • Have your child be engaged in their dental health and keep them excited about good hygiene
  • Try to prevent your child from thumb sucking to avoid later problems
  • Bring your child to the dentist regularly to expose them to these procedures
  • Have x-rays and teeth cleanings done regularly

The benefits of good oral hygiene are countless and extend beyond the mouth and teeth. Good oral hygiene can help prevent gum disease, improve your overall health, and reduce the risk of developing a serious oral infection. Oral hygiene helps protect you from oral infections by keeping your mouth healthy and free. Also, visiting your dentist regularly allow for them to look at your jaw, neck, and teeth and address any issues that may arise. They can also help prevent dental problems that may be associated with other chronic conditions. Especially since most dental procedures are covered by dental insurance plans, or Medicaid, it is important to know how much oral care you need and can receive per year.

A good oral hygiene routine includes brushing your teeth regularly, flossing and flossing twice daily. It also includes visiting your dentist regularly for routine checkups. If you engage in these healthy habits, whether you are a patient or the parent of a patient, they will help you stay healthy. Oral hygiene is important to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and your overall health. If you have any questions about your oral hygiene, please call our office at Guilliot Dental. We value your healthy smile!