Studies have shown that your oral health will have a huge impact on your overall health and well-being. This means that when you suffer from mouth problems, the rest of your body can become more vulnerable to some diseases. It is for this reason that the world’s best dentists and other health care professionals emphasize the importance of caring for your teeth and gums.
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Most of them harmless, but when your natural defenses are compromised due to improper oral care, these bacteria will go out of control, causing infections to your teeth and gums like tooth decay and gingivitis. And when left untreated, the infection can spread to the other body parts, leading to conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, different types of cancers, endocarditis, osteoporosis, and immune system disorders.
Top Four Oral Care Practices to Ensure Your Overall Health
To protect your dental and overall health, make these habits in your daily routine.
1. Brush Properly
Brushing does not just entail getting a toothbrush, applying a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, and then scrubbing your teeth. Instead, it requires you to use the right brushing equipment and technique to make sure that your brushing effectively gets rid of any debris and bacteria living in your mouth.
For instance, you must brush your teeth for at least two minutes each session, use fluoride toothpaste, and replace your toothbrush quarterly or once it gets worn out (whichever comes first).
Furthermore, don’t neglect your tongue. Take note that plaque buildup happens in your tongue as well, leading to bad breath and other oral problems. So each time you brush, gently brush your tongue, too. You can use a toothbrush with a tongue scraper.
2. Floss Daily
After brushing your teeth, preferably before going to bed, make sure to floss. This dental care routine may seem time-consuming and frustrating, but this is crucial in ensuring the health of your teeth and gums. Proper flossing will get rid of any debris in areas your toothbrush can’t reach, especially if you have tightly spaced teeth. It is actually a vital means to prevent gum disease and bone loss.
3. Make Healthier Food and Beverage Choices
What you ingest can affect your oral health. So make sure to know what foods and beverages can boost or negatively affect the health of your teeth and gums. Here are some helpful tips:
Eat crunchy fruits and veggies
Apples, carrots, celery, and leafy greens contain some of the essential vitamins and minerals that help keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Also, they stimulate the production of saliva, which is crucial in preventing plaque buildup.
Limit acidic and sugary foods
Acidic fruits, coffee, and tea can wear down your tooth enamel. The same is true with sugary and starchy foods because sugars are converted into acids. Remember that once the enamel of your tooth has eroded, you become susceptible to dental illnesses.
But this does not mean that you must avoid sugary food completely. Instead, limit your intake and make sure to implement ways to prevent sugar from getting stuck in your teeth for a long time. For instance, munch on some apples or brush your teeth immediately after eating a meal.
Drink plenty of water
Water remains to be the best beverage for your oral and overall health. Ideally, you must drink water every after meal to wash out the negative effects of food and beverages in between proper brushing.
4. See a Dentist Regularly
Ideally, you must visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleanings. This way, your dentist can look for cavities, remove calculus, and spot and treat any potential dental problem before they become worse.
Treating dental issues like tooth decay, gum inflammation, and broken or misaligned teeth, even if they are not causing any pain, is vital in ensuring good overall health. Fortunately, there are already a couple of better, more comfortable dental solutions to help you achieve a healthier, whiter smile.
By following these dental care tips and developing proper habits, you are making a wise investment that ensures a longer, healthier life ahead. So start making all the necessary lifestyle changes now!
Dr. Zul Paliwalla is the General and Cosmetic British Dentist at NOA Dental Clinic, specializing in smile-related concerns. With over 33 years of experience in the UK, Dr. Zul has successfully worked on and improved many internationally recognized smiles. He is a certified Invisalign® GOLD provider as well and has brought his elite expertise to Dubai not only to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, but also to offer his brand of personalized smile makeovers.