How To Improve Your Oral Health Overall

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Your dental habits are extremely important when it comes to your oral health. Brushing, flossing and regular dental visits are all important in keeping your teeth pearly white and strong, and your gums healthy. If you haven't taken very good of your teeth, it's not too late to start. See below for some helpful tips on how to improve your oral health.

Get The Right Tools

  • Toothbrush. Sure you need a toothbrush, but a simple rectangle toothbrush with even bristles isn't going to get the job done as well as some other toothbrushes will. Get a toothbrush with various angled bristles, with about a medium-sized head on it. You should use a soft or medium toothbrush to prevent damage to your enamel. When the toothbrush begins to get out of shape, or you have been sick, you should change to a new one. Brush your teeth twice per day for at least 2 minutes.
  • Toothpaste. Look for a toothpaste that suits your needs. Toothpastes with abrasives and detergents can help to clean up stains and tough plaque. There are also toothpastes for anyone that has sensitive teeth. Different flavors are also available, or more natural toothpastes that don't have any flavor added at all.
  • Floss. You should floss every time you brush your teeth. Look for floss that has a wax coating, or use floss picks to get in between those hard to reach back teeth.
  • Rinse. Use a mouthwash to prevent bad breath, and to help prevent gingivitis. There are a number of flavors to choose from. Rinse your mouth for at least 30 seconds.

Regular Checkups

You should see your dentist every six months for oral exams, checkups and cleanings. Your dentist will check for cavities, or soft spots in your teeth, remove plaque, take x-rays to be sure there aren't any underlying problems with your teeth and check your gums for gingivitis or other bacteria. It's imperative to go to the dentist for checkups, even if you are afraid of the dentist, you should go. Talk to your physician or dentist about things you can do to help ease your fears of the dentist. Your oral health depends on it. Some things you can do include: listening to music during the exam, taking someone with you to sit in the exam room with you, speaking to the dentist before-hand about what all the visit will entail, or taking anti-anxiety medication.

Be sure to brush and floss twice daily, and see your dentist for regular checkups to prevent decay, cavities and gingivitis. Visit a site like for more help.


27 June 2017