Oral Hygiene Tips and Secrets
Every dentist drills into his/her patients (pun intended) the advice that using good oral hygiene is one of the best ways to not only maintain healthy teeth and gums but to lessen the fear and apprehension that a trip to their office can cause. People who maintain a sound program of oral hygiene are usually more confident in their trips to the dentist than those who are not. Here are some tips for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
- Brushing: Brush as least twice a day to remove acids and food residue. Brush your gum line and even your tongue in order to remove bacteria.
- Flossing: You should floss at least once a day as flossing helps remove residue that toothbrushes cannot.
- Avoid sugary drinks: Forget soda, coffee and other sugary drinks as they contribute greatly to tooth decay. Instead, try drinks such as milk which contains calcium and other nutrients vital to teeth and bone health.
- Eat ‘Teeth Cleaning’ Foods: Foods such as apples, carrots and celery can actually carry away foods trapped between your teeth.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), some 80% of Americans have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Statistics like this show the need for all of us to adhere to a program of strict oral hygiene. Family Dental Health Plans can help you reach providers through one of our discount health plans. With one of our affordable health plans you will be able to find a provider quickly and easily using our website interface. A more beautiful smile, healthier teeth and gums and less stressful trips to the dentists are objectives everyone desires. Maintain a program of good oral care and you will be on the road to meeting those goals.