07 Apr Healthy Dental Habits to Follow
In order to achieve a set health goal, an individual must perform daily habits or routines that work together toward successful achievement. When it comes to improving dental health, one must use every tip, technique, and tool provided by a dentist to his or her advantage every single day. Here are just a few of the habits that can be successfully incorporated into a daily routine:
- Brush! Although this sounds like a fairly simple and obvious habit one should perform, it is one that can often be put by the wayside, especially during busy days. The importance of brushing is practically pounded into each and every individual from birth, with adults’ demands constantly echoing one another on the benefits of this important daily routine. What many don’t realize, however, is that brushing requires proper techniques in order to be effective. Brushing should be implemented at least twice a day and after eating foods containing a large amount of carbohydrates/sugar. Brushing for at least two minutes in a methodical manner is an important regime and time investment that will certainly pay off in the long run. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush to allow for the proper cleaning of the teeth. This will also reduce unnecessary pressure on the teeth and reduce the incidence of wearing away enamel.
- Floss. Flossing is a habit that should be employed at least once a day, preferably at night. Food particles, which can sometimes produce bacteria on the teeth, can be successfully removed during flossing. This decreases the likelihood of developing periodontitis and gingivitis, a condition that affects the gums. Flossing also aids in removing plaque from the surface of the teeth. By flossing every day at least once a day, a habit can slowly form over time. Through a dentist and proper dental advice, specific flossing recommendations can be made based on each individual’s oral health.
- Resist Ice Crushing. Break the habit of crunching and crushing ice with the teeth, as this can cause serious dental damage. The extremely cold temperature and hard texture of the ice is what causes the majority of the damage, resulting in tiny fractures to the teeth. Fractures and cracks of the enamel through crushing cold and crunchy ice can cause long-term damage, not to mention unnecessary stress to the teeth and gums.
By taking an initiative toward improving your overall dental health, start today to make an effort of incorporating these simple habits into your daily routine. It should also be noted that visiting a professional dentist every six months for regular cleaning and exams should be formed into a habitual dental health regimen.
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