Good oral health is important for your overall health. The risk of serious health problems including heart disease, stroke and diabetes have been linked to poor oral health. The inflammation in your mouth can be an indicator of inflammation elsewhere in the body. Your dentist Adelaide will partner with you in improving your oral hygiene which can have lasting benefits for your overall health
5 ways to improve your oral hygiene:
1. Visiting a dentist in Adelaide for a 6 monthly check up to maintain your oral health. It is important to schedule regular dental check-ups so your dentist Adelaide can monitor the health of your teeth and gums and intervene where necessary. A thorough scale & clean of your teeth will help maintain not only your teeth but your gums as well.
2. A good quality, soft-bristled toothbrush is best for removing plaque and debris from teeth and gums. Try to avoid toothbrushes that are too big and hard-bristled which may damage the gums. When it comes to teeth cleaning, brushing alone is not enough. Regular flossing is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Ask your dentist Adelaide for recommendations when it comes to selecting the right toothbrush for you.
3. Drinking fresh, clean water is good for your body and your overall health but it’s also great for your teeth. Water helps to wash food and residue off teeth thus preventing a build-up of cavity causing bacteria in the mouth. One of the best defences against tooth decay is your saliva and drinking water helps maintain good saliva levels. Much of the tap water in Australia is fluoridated. Drinking water with fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening the tooth enamel. Your dentist Adelaide can talk to you about the benefits of drinking water in more detail at your next dental visit.
4. Check for hidden added sugars in what you eat and drink. Where possible minimise your consumption of processed food and drinks which are often loaded with sugar. Take the time to read the nutrition panel on packaged food to reduce your consumption of hidden sugars. Look out for names like: corn syrup, glucose, maltodextrin, rice syrup, barley malt, fructose to name a few. Hidden sugars are ingredients that although not typically labelled as ‘sugar’ can still contribute to tooth decay. Your dentist in Adelaide will discuss the benefits of making healthy food and beverage choices that will benefit oral health.
5. Quit smoking. Smoking not only stains teeth but causes bad breath too. Can your dentist in Adelaide tell if you are a smoker? Absolutely. Smoking also affects the saliva levels in your mouth making it easier for cavity causing bacteria to multiply and cause damage. Healthy gums require good blood flow so that teeth remain strongly fixed to the bone and don’t become loose. Smokers are more prone to gum disease as blood circulation is adversely affected by smoking. Smoking also increases the risk of oral cancer. Put simply, smoking is bad news for not only oral health but a person’s overall health.
At Your Every Smile [YES] Dentistry, our dentists Adelaide are committed to helping our patients improve not only their oral health but their overall health.