Our health is important and one such aspect of health that tends to be placed on the back burner a lot of the time is our oral health. Many people are a bit apprehensive about visiting the dentist, but yearly appointments are important when it comes to maintaining that beautiful and bright smile.
The following are just a few simple things you can do to make your oral health more of a priority than an afterthought.
You should regularly check in with your dentist and hygienist and schedule your two cleanings every year. In between appointments, you should be brushing and flossing your teeth especially after eating. Even rinsing after a meal is more effective than doing nothing.
Protect your teeth and don’t treat them as tools that can be used to open bottles and packages. While your teeth may be strong, they are not meant to be exposed to these rough conditions. Some people may even grind their teeth at night. If you are one of the people and are aware that you do this, then you should be taking the proper precautions to help save your teeth and enamel.
If you do not follow simple care and maintenance instructions for your teeth then you may experience dental problems such as cavities, broken teeth, worn enamel, and even receding gums.
What About Kids?
A lot of the time kids’ oral health and hygiene are also overlooked. It is important to take the time out of your day to show your kids the proper way to brush and floss their teeth as well as make the time to take them to appointments for cleanings and routine checkups to ensure that everything is as it should be.
Brushing your teeth at least two times a day for at least two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste is good to help maintain your child’s oral health. It is also recommended that a soft bristle brush is used, and the toothbrush should be held at a forty-five-degree angle when brushing. Never press too hard or brush too rough because doing so may lead to damage to the gums or the tooth enamel over time.
While these are great tips for kids, they are also good rules of thumb for every adult to follow as well to begin taking the proper steps to making oral health a priority, not only in your own life but the life of your family as well.
If you are ready to discuss your oral health options or make an appointment for your next cleaning, then a Long Island dentist near you is waiting.