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Our Top Tips for Maintaining Oral Health

Our Top Tips for Maintaining Oral Health

Posted by Kennedy Heights on Dec 9 2020, 08:13 PM

If eyes are the windows to the soul, then we should think of our teeth as the windows to our health. As a result, one of the most important things you can do is invest in dental care in order to keep your teeth as healthy as possible. 

However, other than brushing, you may find yourself at a loss for how else you can maintain your dental health and prevent any issues (such as decay). In order to help you, we’ve composed a list of our top three tips for maintaining oral health:

Tip #1: Getting check-ups regularly

One of the most important things you can do to help prevent bad teeth is scheduling regular dentist appointments. 

While you can utilize every tool at your disposal (brushes, floss, mouthwash, etc.), you are only able to do so much on your own. When it comes to diagnosing and treating different conditions, preventing decay and removing tartar, you’ll need to see a professional dentist.

For optimum health and proper dental care, you’ll want to see your dentist at least once a year. Twice a year, or every six months, is preferred, however. 

This is true even if you no longer have your natural teeth. Dentures and prosthetics will still need to be cleaned and assessed in order to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. 

Tip #2: Brushing and flossing

It’s no surprise that brushing and flossing twice daily is one of the best ways to take care of your teeth in-between dentist visits. 

Brushing mechanically removes bacteria and debris from the surface of your teeth. This will help prevent decay and tartar buildup that can lead to more severe problems.

It’s important to choose a toothbrush that fits comfortably in your hand, as well as your mouth. This will allow you to reach all of your teeth. You should also dedicate part of your brushing time to the rest of your mouth, such as your tongue and cheeks. Bacteria can build up in these areas as well, leading to tooth issues even if you’re regularly brushing. 

It’s also important to floss regularly. While the soft bristles of your toothbrush are designed to clean the surface of your teeth, it may not fully reach in-between your teeth. As a result, you’ll want to floss to make sure that no cavity-causing bacteria is left behind. 

You may also benefit from using mouthwash.

Tip #3: Eating a balanced diet

When it comes to proper dental care and maintaining healthy, strong teeth, many people forget that their diet also plays a role in their oral health. Certain foods can improve the health of your teeth, while others can cause them significant harm.

For example, highly acidic foods (or drinks such as tea and coffee) can wear down your teeth’s natural enamel. This can lead to sensitivity, increased cavities and cosmetic issues (such as stainings). 

When it comes to dentistry for kids, eating a balanced diet can also be an easy, fun way to improve their dental health. Younger children especially may have difficulties with establishing a proper dental care routine. While it’s important to continue working to help your child foster this relationship with caring for their teeth, you can also help them by picking out the right foods for them and limiting excessive quantities of damaging foods. 

Contact Kennedy Heights Dental

Taking care of your teeth is just as important as taking care of any other part of your health! That’s why our team at Kennedy Height Dental is dedicated to helping you improve and maintain your dental care through a wide variety of services, from cleanings to procedures.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, you can contact us today either through our website or at (778) 655-4125.

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