Your dental health is more than a pretty smile – it can also be an indicator of larger health issues.
By being proactive in your dental hygiene, you may avoid oral conditions like cavities. Cavities are permanent damage to the tooth and are often a result of the combination of poor dental hygiene and the consumption of sugary drinks and snacks. Cavities are especially common among children, teenagers and older adults.
To protect your oral health, it is best to practice routine care, including:
- Brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush, though you do not want to brush too hard and irritate your gums
- Using toothpaste that includes fluoride
- Replacing your toothbrush every three to four months
- Flossing daily making sure to spend time flossing around each tooth
- Eating a healthy diet and limiting snacks between meals
- Scheduling regular dental check-ups
If you come across symptoms of oral disease, contact your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can catch things you miss, so regular check-ups are your best way to ensure total dental health.