Oral Health Tips From Your Westminster Dentist
Hello, and welcome back to our blog! If you are just now joining us, we are wrapping up a two part blog series on oral hygiene tips that we recommend all of our Westminster neighbors follow in order to make sure that their mouths are as healthy as possible. Proper oral hygiene techniques are the best line of defense people have against oral health issues including gum disease, tooth decay, and the buildup of tartar. Taking a relatively small amount of time each day to make sure that you are taking the necessary steps to properly clean your teeth goes a long way in making sure that you do not develop serious oral health issues that need the attention of a dentist. To learn more about these tips, keep reading below.
Prevention is the Goal
When you get to the core of most branches of medicine, prevention is preferable to actual treatment. If you can prevent something from happening, wouldn’t you want to take the appropriate steps to make it happen? In regards to oral health, prevention is always the goal and, below, we listed out a few more ways that you can help keep your teeth and gums happy and healthy.
- Avoid Tobacco: Even though the vast majority of people understand that tobacco products such as cigarettes and smokeless tobacco are bad for their oral health, millions of Americans still choose to partake in these products every single day. Tobacco use has been linked to a host of oral health-related issues and, across the board, it is better to not expose your mouth to these substances. If you’ve had trouble quitting tobacco in the past, reach out to a medical professional to learn more about options that can help you quit.
- Proper Diet: Your body relies on you to provide it with the nutrition it needs to stay healthy. If you don’t consume the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that are necessary for healthy bodily function, you’re going to have a bad time. Making a conscious effort to consume foods that contain calcium and Vitamin D goes a long way in making sure that your teeth and gums have the nutrients they need to stay healthy and strong.
- Visit Your Dentist: Even though it might sound self-serving, visiting your dentist twice a year is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your teeth. When you visit the dentist they will make sure that your teeth are free from any plaque buildup, will check for cavities and other signs of tooth decay, and make sure that any signs of gum disease are noted and a treatment plan is developed. These comprehensive exams cover the health of your entire mouth and are an essential component of a good oral hygiene regimen.
If you would like to learn more about our Westminster dental office, please contact us today or fill out our contact form. We are a full service dental office and we are certain that we can handle any and all needs you may have.