If you feel like your teeth could be cleaner and your gums could be healthier, it might be time to reevaluate your dental health routine. In addition to changing up what you do at home, coming in for a dental cleaning only takes about 30 minutes and helps prevent excessive plaque buildup. It’s been shown how intertwined our oral health and overall health are. To make sure you are at your healthiest, keep reading to learn how you can make the most of your dental health routine.
5 Ways to Boost Your Dental Health Routine
Upgrade your toothbrush
It is a good rule of thumb to replace your toothbrush, or toothbrush head if you use an electric toothbrush, every three months. While you don’t need to use the most expensive toothbrush on the market, it’s important to reevaluate what toothbrush you are currently using. You don’t need to use a toothbrush that has hard bristles because you risk damage to your teeth and gums if you brush too harshly with those rough bristles.
One of the best things you can do for your dental health is to incorporate fluoride. Fluoride can prevent cavities and tooth decay. You can buy toothpaste or mouthwashes from the store that contain fluoride, but in many communities in the United States you can find it in your tap water. Community water fluoridation, the CDC explains, is the process of adjusting the amount of fluoride in drinking water to a level that can prevent tooth decay. Fluoridated water has been proven to be the most cost-effective way to get fluoride, and can reduce tooth decay in people of all ages by 25%.
Switch up your toothpaste
If you have been using the same toothpaste for years, it might be time to reevaluate your needs. As the years pass a lot changes, and your dental health needs do too. For example, as we age, our teeth can become more sensitive or dull in color. There are toothpastes formulated to help strengthen your enamel and fight sensitivity, and there are also toothpastes that can help work to revive your dull smile. If it has been a while since you looked at what your toothpaste was doing for you. Common types of toothpastes include:
- Anti-decay toothpaste, which contains fluoride.
- Desensitizing toothpaste, which helps provide relief from hypersensitivity.
- Anticalculus toothpaste, which works to fight calculus formation.
- Anti-plaque toothpaste, which reduces the bacteria that causes plaque.
- Whitening toothpaste, which contains tiny abrasives which help remove surface stains.
Be honest, do you floss each day? If you don’t, there are plenty of beneficial reasons why you should. Flossing is one of the most important factors in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. When you floss, you remove food debris and plaque stuck between the teeth that can lead to cavities and gum disease. A lot of the times, the bristles on your toothbrush can’t reach those small, tight spaces between the teeth — but floss can!
See Dr. Niles for a professional cleaning
A dental cleaning, also known as a professional teeth cleaning, is something you can only receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. For most patients, cleanings take under 30 minutes and need to be performed at least once every six months. This helps prevent excessive plaque buildup that, otherwise when left untreated, can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine professional cleaning also includes scaling and polishing, to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums.
Also at your cleaning, Dr. Niles will perform a dental health exam. This exam will look at your teeth and gums to see if there are any problems beginning to or that are already developed. In dentistry, like with all health issues, catching problems early is key. Though you look at your teeth everyday when you brush and floss, there are still parts of your mouth that you can’t see with your own eyes. Dr. Niles will be able to look at these hard-to-see areas and make sure you are in good oral health.
Make an Appointment with Niles Family Dentistry
If you do these 5 things, you’re likely to be in optimal oral health. If you’re ready for your next appointment, make one with us today! Dr. Niles and our team at Niles Family Dentistry will do everything we can to make sure your teeth are at their healthiest — and that they stay that way. For more information or to make an appointment, call our office now at (720)-744-0001.