Dental Care Basics

Dental_careOver the past few years, boot-camp style workouts have gained popularity as fitness buffs have flocked to these sessions, which provide a mix of endurance exercise and strength training to help devotees tone their bodies. And the appeal is easy to understand – the system has worked to keep the members of the U.S. Armed Forces combat ready for decades.

In the world of oral health, there is also a “back to basics” routine that will improve the fitness of your mouth and gums. Follow this “boot camp” regimen in your dental care and reap the results in a healthier smile.

Dental care basic training

1) Brush twice a day. Buy a good toothbrush – an electric toothbrush is a particularly good choice – and use a fluoride toothpaste. And be consistent! Your teeth begin to accumulate plaque only four hours after brushing them.

2) Floss once a day. Flossing removes plaque that brushing cannot. You can use regular floss, an interdental brush, or other specialized instruments.

3) Eat to win. Nutrition is an important part of dental care. Stay away from sweet, sticky sugar-laden foods that will linger on your teeth and promote decay. Opt instead for teeth-friendly foods that remineralize your teeth, protect your mouth from bacteria growth, and/or promote adequate saliva flow.

4) Visit your dental “coach”regularly for a check up. Your dentist can help you augment the dental care you do at home by giving your teeth a cleaning that will remove plaque and tartar you cannot reach. He or she will also thoroughly check your gums, teeth and throat for symptoms of conditions such as oral cancer, which are easier to treat if caught in the earliest stages.

“Proper dental care isn’t hard, but it does take self-discipline,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix. “Your daily oral health habits are just as important to maintain as your daily workout.”

 

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