Oral Care Should Be a Daily Habit
Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Does your smile help you feel confident? Does it reflect healthy habits?
Taking care of your teeth is important not just for your appearance, but also for your overall health. Your mouth is host to all types of bacteria, many of which are harmless. But did you realize that the bacteria in your mouth can also affect your heart, lungs, and digestive tract?
Your first line of defense is good oral care, which means a consistent routine. Here’s why.
A daily care routine removes the plaque and bacteria that accumulates on your teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, saliva, and bacteria, and if not removed, it can harden into tartar. Tartar can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath.
A good oral hygiene routine includes brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. It’s important to brush all surfaces of your teeth, including the front, back, and top. Be sure to use gentle circular motions when brushing.
Flossing helps to remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth and under your gum line. Mouthwash helps remove any leftover particles and freshen your breath.
Find a time of day that works for you to brush and floss. Some people like to do it in the morning, while others prefer at night. Once you find a time that works for you, stick to it!
We should note that a good oral health routine also means more than regular brushing and flossing. To be effective, consider changing out your toothbrush every 3-4 months, adjusting eating habits to reduce sugary snacks and drinks, and if you smoke – quit. We can direct you to resources that will help.
Making oral care a part of your daily routine may seem like a chore, but it’s important for keeping your smile healthy. So next time you reach for your toothbrush, remember that you’re doing more than just keeping your teeth clean -– you’re also helping to protect your overall health.
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Schedule a consultation with San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry today. We’re here to restore healthy smiles!