Over the past few weeks you may have read my blog posts concerning the importance of dental hygiene in Children. I am really enjoying sharing my experience and tips from my own knowledge as a dental professional and wanted to cover a little about our own oral hygiene routines especially as busy Mums and Dads.
If you have poor oral health the chances are you may have other health problems too. A dentist can spot several issues just from inspecting the inside of your mouth which gives us even more reason to maintain a clean, healthy mouth.
Here is what you can do
Seeing a dentist regularly helps to keep your mouth in top shape and allows your dentist to watch for developments that may point to other health issues. A dental exam can also detect poor nutrition and hygiene, growth and development problems and improper jaw alignment. Provide your dentist with a complete medical history and inform him or her of any recent health developments, even if they seem unrelated to your oral health.
At home you can practice good oral hygiene:
Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride plays a big part in preventing tooth decay.
Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush cannot reach. I always follow the rule that each tooth has five surfaces to be cleaned.
Eat a healthy diet to provide the nutrients necessary (vitamins A and C, in particular) to prevent gum disease.
Avoid cigarettes and tobacco, which may contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.
Exercise preventive care and schedule regular dental checkups.
As a busy Mum i know too well that it is hard to fit a hefty dental routine into my busy day and admit that i sometimes fail to floss in the evenings when brushing. However i do visit a dental hygienist regularly for a deep clean.
How is your dental health?
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