Make A Plan For Good Oral Health

Maintaining good oral health does a lot more than keep your smile looking pretty. Oral health problems have been linked to severe health problems ranging from heart disease to diabetes to dementia. This should be good motivation to keep your mouth in good condition. The best way to get started is to make a plan for good oral health and then stick to it!

What your good oral health plan should include –

  1. Start by talking to your dentist to get a good idea about the status of your oral health and make sure your dentist knows about any medical or health conditions you may have. Conditions that may affect your oral health include diabetes, cancer treatments, pregnancy among others. For example, patients with GERD (acid reflux) often experience erosion of their tooth enamel because of exposure to stomach acids.
  2. Follow a routine when caring for your teeth. Home care is an important part of this routine. Visiting the dental hygienist every six months for cleanings also needs to be a part of this routine. Remember that if you have certain medical conditions or chronic gum disease you may need to visit more often. Don’t forget to floss every day!
  3. Fluoride is important when maintaining your smile. Fluoride toothpaste helps strengthen your dental enamel and most tap water contains fluoride. Fluoride helps protect teeth in children and adults.
  4. Brush and floss every day. Teeth should be brushed at least twice per day, morning and at night before bed. Floss in the morning, floss at night – whatever works for you. The timing of flossing is not as important as actually doing it, every day! Antibacterial mouth rinses can also help reduce bacteria in the mouth.
  5. Eat a healthy diet. If it is bad for your teeth, think soft drinks and sweets, then it is probably bad for your overall health. Fresh fruits and vegetables and lean proteins are best. Avoid eating a lot of foods that contain sugars and starches. Crackers, candies and cola’s are not your friend when it comes to tooth decay and gum disease. If you do snack, brush your teeth afterwards and if you can’t brush, chew sugarless gum that contains xylitol. Xylitol has been shown to interfere with oral bacteria growth.

Now that you have a plan for good oral health – stick to it!

Contact Dr. John Highsmith today at 828-627-9282 to schedule your next visit and we can discuss your plan for good oral health.

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