As we learn more about how oral health and overall health are connected, there has never been a more important time to take charge of your oral health! Periodontal (gum) disease has been linked with many other serious health concerns in the body such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Regular visits to your dentist at least twice per year are so important for maintaining optimum oral health, however did you know that there are a number of small things you can do at home to promote good oral hygiene? Your dentist in Bangor, ME shares more on this.
Invest in an Electric Toothbrush
Believe it or not, the way that you brush your teeth is just as important as how often you brush. Improved brushing technique can make a huge impact on your oral hygiene, and many patients are having great success using an electric toothbrush. This type of brush essentially does the work for you, and even times your session to ensure that you do it for at least 2 minutes. An electric brush is also gentle enough to keep from damaging your gum tissue and causing recession.
Limit Snacking Throughout the Day
Keeping snacking to a minimum helps reduce the plaque build up that causes tooth decay and cavities. Eating snacks such as crackers, bread, or chips actually promotes tooth decay because starchy foods tend to stick to your teeth, and carbohydrates eventually turn to sugar. If you need to have a snack, try eating fruits or veggies, which actually help neutralize the acids in your mouth that can cause tooth decay.
Add an Antibacterial Mouth Rinse to Your Home Care Routine
Using a mouth rinse after you brush and floss is quick, easy, and hardly adds any additional time to your home care routine. It can help to reduce the acids in your mouth, and as a bonus gives you fresh breath. Consult your hygiene team for recommendations on which rinse might best meet your needs.
At Maine Family Dental Practice, we're here to be your partners in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health for a lifetime! We're happy to answer your questions or make other suggestions on how you can improve your oral health, which in turn improves your overall health. Contact us today to learn more.