A smile is an effortless way of showing happiness and pleasure, yet, having a beautiful smile takes work. Well, a lot of attention to your oral and dental hygiene. But, quite unfortunately people often forget to take good care of their teeth. This is true for both children and adults. Practicing good oral hygiene is not just for the sake of looking good or having a pretty smile, but it is also important in preventing a range of worrisome tooth and gum diseases. As the old adage goes, “Prevention is better than cure”. Therefore, here are some things you can do to maintain good oral hygiene:
Brushing and flossing
This one is a no brainer. Since we were children we are always told to brush our teeth at least twice every day, ideally in the morning and the evening, as it will help you get rid of the bacteria that builds up in your mouth after meals. Regular brushing will also help prevent bad breath caused by the buildup of nasty bacteria in your mouth. While brushing definitely helps get rid of bacteria on the surface of the mouth, it is not quite effective in cleaning the spaces between your teeth, which is why regular flossing is needed to get rid of any food particles stuck in between your teeth.
Regular dental checkups
Following good dental hygiene practices at home will definitely help to keep most tooth and gum infections at bay, but it’s still important to pay regular visits to a dentist. This is because routine visits will help your dentist identify any underlying diseases or infections through x-rays and other screening procedures. Early diagnosis will allow your dentist to recommend appropriate treatment and medicine before the condition worsens. However, in cases where the infection has already affected a significant portion of the tooth, the tooth will have to be extracted. Such procedures are carried out in the most efficient and painless ways possible. Following a tooth extraction procedure, you can consider having dental implants after discussing with your dentists as he/she can determine if your gums are healthy enough for the procedure.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet
Eating a well-balanced diet will not only help you look good and keep an array of disease away, but it will also help you maintain good oral health. Reducing your sugar intake will decrease the number of bacteria in your mouth and will thus, reduce the risk of tooth decay and infections. If you’re a smoker, quitting smoking and avoiding tobacco will not only prevent oral cancer but will also help you avoid cavities, yellowing of teeth and tooth loss.