Improve Oral Health: Simple Strategies

Improving oral health can have a positive impact on your overall health and well being. Here are some simple strategies to help you on your way!

Use the right tools

The ADA recommends using a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste twice daily to remove food and plaque. Use correct technique by holding the brush at a 45 degree angle toward the gum line and move the bristles back and forth. Use a toothpaste with active ingredients to help with specific problems such as cavities, gum disease, tartar build up or sensitivity. Also, as part of your daily routine add thorough flossing.

Eat a well balanced diet, and limit sticky, sugary foods

According to the ADA fruits and vegetables should cover half of your plate, with the other half divided between whole grains, low fat dairy and lean protein. Chewing fibrous and watery vegetables and fruits such as cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, and apples can stimulate the flow of saliva, reducing food retention and aiding in digestion. Sticky, sugary foods especially when eaten between meals can contribute to tooth decay.

Visit your dental office for regularly scheduled exams and cleanings

You should visit your dental provider twice a year. If you are experiencing symptoms such as bleeding gums, or pain you should visit your dentist before your next regularly scheduled visit. You may have something that requires more immediate attention.

Use a mouth guard if you play a sport

Just as you would wear a seatbelt in a car, you need to protect your mouth when playing a sport that could potentially cause injury. There are many types of mouth guards so you may need to ask your dental provider to decide which type is best for you.