Caring for your health also means caring for your teeth and gums. After all, oral health also impacts your general health. Your dental hygiene routine should include regular cleaning of your gums and teeth.
When you take proper care of your oral cavity, you get to have healthy gums, healthy teeth, and fresh breath. Proper care also prevents the occurrence of dental issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and others.
At Jonathan C. Wang DDS Inc. in Pleasanton, California, we strongly believe proper home care is essential to your oral health and provide clear and comprehensive oral hygiene instructions to all of our patients.
Instructions to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is essential for your gums and teeth. Poor dental health can affect and pose a risk to your overall health. Here are some simple instructions to follow for maintaining proper oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes and use fluoride toothpaste. Do not brush your teeth too hard, and always use soft circular strokes.
- Apart from brushing, you should also floss your teeth every day, especially after eating your meals. For this, we recommend you use floss, floss picks, water flossers, or interdental brushes.
- Brushing and flossing after every meal is ideal if one has the time.
- A mouthwash or mouth rinse helps to keep bad breath and bacteria at bay. It can also reduce dental decay, strengthen tooth enamel, and promote healthy gums.
- Visit Dr. Wang for preventive dental care services that include regular dental examinations and professional teeth cleanings at least twice a year to prevent the accumulation of plaque, bacteria, and tartar. Also follow the treatment plan and recommendations provided by Dr. Wang.
- Eating the right food is equally important for maintaining your oral health. A balanced and nutritious diet that includes fruit, green leafy vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains helps you maintain healthy teeth and gums in the long run. You should also consume yogurt, milk, and cheese which are all great sources of calcium which your teeth need when forming and which your bones continuously need in life.
- Limit the intake of foods that cause tooth decay, cavities, and gum diseases. Avoid eating chewy foods that stick to your teeth as they lead to the development of bacteria. If you do eat them, make sure to brush and floss your teeth after.
- The consumption of sugary drinks, alcohol, and tobacco products may stain your teeth. Do not consume these products regularly. Stop smoking to maintain your oral health as well as overall health.