6 Steps to Oral Health

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6 Steps to Oral Health

Good oral health takes a lifetime commitment. As we age, so do our teeth. Whether it’s wisdom teeth extraction or dental implants for dentures, our teeth, gums, and jawbones will change over time. No matter what age you are, practicing good dental hygiene is essential to keeping your smile healthy and in good shape.

 Here are 6 simple steps to oral health that you can start practicing today:

1. Brushing: helps remove plaque and food particles from your teeth. Ideally, you should use a soft-bristle toothbrush twice a day for at least two minutes. Consider a toothpaste with fluoride in it to help strengthen teeth. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.

2. Flossing: removes any remaining food particles that your toothbrush can’t get. Floss reaches tight areas between teeth. Floss your upper and bottom teeth at least once a day.

3. Mouthwash: According to the ADA, mouthwash does more than combat bad breath. It can help prevent and control tooth decay, reduce plaque, prevent and reduce gum disease, and strengthen your teeth.

4. Eat healthy: Nutrition has a direct impact on your teeth and gums. Eating poorly could cause tooth decay and gum disease. Dairy products like milk and cheese are rich in calcium, which helps maintain strong bones and teeth. Vegetables like carrots and celery with high water content can wash away food particles and scrape away plaque.

5. Water: Stay hydrated and refreshed throughout the day. To prevent tooth decay, drink water during meals and swish water in your mouth often. Water will wash away acidity and food particles.

6. Schedule: Regular checkups with your general dentist is important to maintain good oral health. It is recommended you visit the dentist about every 6 months. At your check-up, your dentist will be able to assess your oral health condition, clean your teeth, check for cavities, and help you learn more about your dental health.

 At Great Plains, we are committed to providing our patients with exceptional dental care. If you are seeking oral or maxillofacial treatment, our professional staff will partner with your general dentist to ensure all your dental needs are met.

Contact us today if you have any questions regarding how we can facilitate your oral and maxillofacial treatment needs.

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