It doesn’t matter how many times you go to the dentist; you always hear the same things. Flossing matters, electric toothbrushes matter, but what we sometimes find hard to understand is really why preventative dental care is so important?
Approximately 91 percent of U.S. adults aged 20-64 had dental caries in permanent teeth in 2011-2012. When Americans hit 65, the number rises to 96 percent having tooth decay.
Worryingly, that means some form of dental issues will affect almost all Americans at some point in their life. That’s why understanding how to prevent dental issues is so important.
To avoid the health risks of poor dental hygiene and the high-cost associated with treatment, many professionals advise prevention as the best solution. With that in mind, this article will show you the seven best dental care tips, to keep your pearly whites under control.
Grab your floss and let’s go.
First, Why Is Preventative Dental Care so Important?
Bad dental care and poor hygiene can leave you in a far worse position than just having bad morning breath. Gum disease and tooth decay are some of the worst outcomes you can receive if you have poor oral hygiene.
Research shows that there is a strong relationship between oral health and your overall health. The research suggests things like oral bacteria can aggravate heart disease, and people with conditions including diabetes or osteoporosis are more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay.
The great news is preventative dental care can lower your risk significantly of these sort of issues happening, including the bad breath.
The 7 Top Preventative Dental Care Tips
We’ve done plenty of research and listed below in no particular order are the seven best preventative dental care tips you need to know about.
1. Up Your Brushing Schedule
Many parents raised their children to brush their teeth twice a day, once in the morning, once at night. But there is no reason why you cannot brush two or three times a day.
Making brushing fun for kids can be a great way to get you and the kids into a schedule too.
It’s best to use a soft electric toothbrush. The pulsing actions of a good electric brush will get to areas of your teeth that a manual brush would be more difficult to get too.
With an electric toothbrush remember to brush in circular patterns and hold over your teeth for around 3-5seconds per tooth, let the brush do the work for you.
2. Replace Your Tooth-Brush Every 3 Months
It’s alarming how many people don’t change their toothbrush. If you washed your face with the same washcloth for a year straight while just rinsing it under the tap after every use, how much bacteria do you think would be living on it?
Although not the same as the example above, it’s recommended to replace your toothbrush or the head of your electric toothbrush every three months.
3. Floss Daily
Flossing is probably one of the tips our dentists always give us but often falls by the wayside with a rushed morning schedule. Flossing daily will help to get to the area between your teeth and gums that your brush just isn’t going to be able to reach.
Overall around 40% of Americans floss daily, which is amazing, just consider if you’re part of the 60% it might be time to change up your routine.
4. Mix up Your Diet
One thing we may not consider for our preventative dental routine is to mix up our diet. Everybody reaches for the floss or mouthwash, but actually, the foods you eat can be one of the biggest factors in reducing the risk.
Eating food that is full of nutrients like crunchy vegetables, green and leafy veggies, lean proteins, dairy, and nuts can have a big impact on your oral health. These types of foods can remineralize and strengthen your teeth.
On the other side of the coin, foods that have high sugar contents or starch can increase your risk of cavities. This is because bacteria can grow in this environment, creating plaque.
5. Tap Water or Filtered?
Tied into mixing up your diet, you should also be drinking lots of water. Many professionals advise to drink tap-water as unknown to most people, most cities add fluoride to their public water supply.
This makes drinking tap water easy access to preventative tooth decay. Whether you like tap water or bottled/filtered water, drinking more water is an amazing form of preventative dental care.
Drinking water promotes saliva production and will help to rinse away any harmful bacteria that is building up in your mouth.
6. Reduce Your Sugar Intake
We all know that sugar can be bad for our health, but understanding that some products are worse than others is a great way to build your preventative dental care routine. Beverages like energy drinks, juices & teas and sodas are some of the worst for your oral hygiene.
Products to avoid can include:
- V8 Fruit Drinks
- Kool-Aid Mixes
- Coke & Pepsi Products
- Generic Soda
- Most Root Beer
These types of sugar-filled products have very high acid content, and as the acid comes into contact with your teeth, it can begin to erode the enamel.
7. Wash out Your Mouth (Not with Soap)
Washing out your mouth with an antimicrobial mouthwash is one of the best ways to finish your preventative dental morning routine. This paired with regular brushing, flossing and a healthy diet are some of the strongest ways to protect yourself from risk.
It’s recommended to choose mouthwash with a high fluoride content if in doubt contact us for a recommendation! Using an antimicrobial mouthwash in your routine can help to prevent gum disease and gingivitis.
Research has proven that the fluoride in mouthwash can help to reduce cavities and periodontal disease. All good reasons to add it to your morning routine.
Seven Easy Tips, Now to Mix up Your Routine
Now you understand the seven best ways to prevent any dental issues; you may be hungry for more dental knowledge. Jump over to our blog to learn more about how you can make dental care fun, easy and care-free.