You already know that it’s important to visit the dentist twice a year for your dental checkup and cleaning. But do you really know how important proper oral hygiene and care is when it comes to your overall oral health? Here are a couple of things to remember.
- Don’t skip your cleaning.Of course, this one should go without saying– you shouldn’t skip your dental appointment, and you shouldn’t wait for the signs of a problem to show up before you see your dentist. Prevention really is the key when it comes to maintaining optimal oral health.
Bad oral hygiene can lead to a multitude of unpleasant health issues, such as halitosis, gum disease, oral thrush, tooth decay, tonsil stones, and more. But there’s less reason to worry about these issues if you keep up a regular schedule of dental visits, as your dentist will be able to catch the early warning signs of these issues and treat the problems accordingly.
There are several other oral health issues that a dentist will be able to evaluate and treat. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can lead to jaw pain and chronic headaches. More intense jaw pain could be an indicator of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders, and a chronically dry mouth can lead to growth of oral bacteria.
- Remember that proper care at home is key. In between visits, it’s important to keep up a proper oral hygiene routine. While your dentist will be able to evaluate whether or not you need to take some extra steps, it should go without saying that you should thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day, with a soft bristle toothbrush. Flossing is also a very important part of maintaining gum health and keeping plaque levels down. And when you floss before you brush, you’re increasing the chances of fluoride from your toothpaste to easily reach corners and in between your teeth. This will help prevent decay from forming in hard to reach places. Using a fluoride mouthwash can also help ward off tooth decay.
It’s important to keep on top of your oral health, and with the expert care of Dr. Eric Mehler, D.D.S., P.A., you’ll have all of your questions answered and concerns addressed while your personalized care plan is carried out.