4 Things You Might Not Be Doing For Your Oral Health

Helping people achieve optimum oral health is our passion here at North Dallas Denture Center. Many of our patients have maintained excellent oral health by visiting us for routine dental exams as well as regular teeth cleaning appointments. Cleaning and caring for your teeth on a regular basis is key in having good oral health. With the busy schedules and lives people keep, maintaining a proper teeth cleaning routine might not make it to the top of the priority list. However, the best way to avoid oral health problems is to be sure you are implementing good daily habits. Here are a few things you might not be doing for your oral health.

1. Flossing Teeth Daily 

Flossing your teeth daily is one of those things that you know you should be doing, but it can easily be avoided. Maybe you don’t like flossing your teeth because it causes the gums to feel inflamed and bleed. Maybe you just find it time consuming or uncomfortable. If you can’t bring yourself to floss after each meal, it is very important that you floss at least daily. There is no way for the bristles of your toothbrush to remove all of the plaque buildup between your teeth. Once you get into the habit of flossing your teeth daily, you will find it easier to maintain. 

2. Brushing Teeth Long Enough and Often Enough

With as busy of a life many lead, brushing your teeth the recommended number of times a day can be hard to accomplish. You should be brushing teeth 3 times a day for 2 minutes each time with a soft bristle tooth brush. Brushing your teeth this often fights against tooth decay, bad breath, gingivitis, and a host of other oral health problems. Making it a priority to clean your teeth properly will help to keep your teeth in good condition. Good oral health is important to your overall health. It is also important to have regular checkups. If it is time for you to be seen, North Dallas Denture Center regularly schedules patients for teeth cleaning in Dallas. 

3. Scraping Your Tongue

Why should you scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper each day? Maybe you haven’t even heard of a tongue scraper until now. These handheld utensils are easily found on the dental care aisle of many stores. Your tongue harbors a wealth of bacteria, debris from food, dead skin cells, and fungi. When you scrape your tongue, it will remove this buildup. Brushing your tongue does not work as well as scraping. The bacteria on your tongue can be a leading cause of bad breath and it also contributes to plaque buildup on your teeth. It is important to do this on a daily basis to improve your oral health. 

4. Avoiding Teeth Staining Food, Drinks, and Habits 

There are many habits that lead to teeth staining. Some of these include drinking red wine, tea, colas, or coffee. Some foods cause discoloration such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, soy sauce, cranberry sauce, and popsicles to name a few. Also, bad habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco cause tooth staining. If you can’t give up food, drinks and habits that lead to tooth stains, there are a few things you should do. Try to limit how many of these drinks and foods you consume. After consuming the foods or partaking of the habits that cause the staining, you should rinse your mouth out with water. This won’t keep the staining from occurring, but it will slow down the staining. The other thing you should do is visit a cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening services. Your dentist can whiten teeth in a way that will last for many months. If you are in need of these services, North Dallas Denture Center schedules teeth whitening in Dallas TX.

Good oral health care habits are key in keeping you from getting cavities, gingivitis, and other oral conditions. It is important to discuss your oral health with your dentist. If your are looking for a Dallas cosmetic dentist that will meet your needs, please contact us at North Dallas Denture Center and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason Roe.

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