Good oral health means keeping your teeth healthy and free from tooth decay, cavities, and infections. It also means keeping your gums healthy, checking for early symptoms of gum disease, and addressing any oral health issues as soon as possible.
Plaque, a biofilm that sticks to your teeth and contains bacteria, feeds on sugary and starchy foods. When plaque is not removed, it hardens into tarter, which can only be removed by a dental professional. Plaque and tarter buildup can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Here are some common tips for maintaining your oral health:
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is a great way to maintain a healthy smile. Plaque and food particles build up on your teeth throughout the day, and you should brush them away before bedtime. Brushing your teeth can also help remove harmful bacteria from your mouth.
In addition to brushing, you should floss every day. Flossing helps remove plaque from between your teeth and under your gum line.
You can improve your dental health at home by Flossing your teeth each day. Flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.
You should brush your teeth twice daily. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. You should also floss once a day. In addition to brushing your teeth, rinsing with mouthwash can also help. Choose a mouthwash that contains fluoride.
Eating healthy foods is good for your health in general, and that includes your teeth and gums. Eating fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and other healthy foods can help improve your oral health.
A healthy diet can help:
Diabetes can impact your oral health in a couple of ways. People with diabetes often have a dry mouth, which means they’re less likely to wash away food particles and bacteria. They may also experience gum recession, which exposes the sensitive roots of their teeth.
The best way to protect your oral health is to get your teeth cleaned professionally twice a year. Dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar from your teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease.
If you’d like to know more about oral health tips, call (925) 847-8790 to schedule an appointment. You can also directly visit John H. Ko, DDS, at 5720 Stoneridge Mall Rd #200, Pleasanton, CA 94588, for all your dental health concerns.