Oral health matters. Not only is the health of your teeth and gums necessary for chewing and swallowing, but it’s connection to your confidence cannot be understated, nor can the link between oral health and overall physical health be overstated.
From pneumonia to heart disease, and even links to Alzheimer’s, poor oral health has been implicated in relation to severe physical health diseases and disorders. Keeping a healthy mouth is very necessary, but aside from brushing your teeth and flossing, can you be doing more to improve your oral health while producing a dazzling white smile? Let the helpful team at Precision Dentistry and Implants of Kerrville tell you.
You May Be Brushing and Flossing Improperly
In a longitudinal study spanning half a decade, researchers estimated that some 30% of people aged 30 and above floss, and of those that do, most may be improperly flossing. Similar studies found improper technique with brushing as well.
Common areas of mistakes when it comes to flossing are: not going all the way down to the gumline, failing to floss the whole tooth, and failing to floss consistently. To improve these mistakes, make sure you: floss all the way down to the gumline, wrap the floss around the whole tooth not just in the crevices between teeth, and floss daily.
Common areas of mistake when it comes to brushing are: brushing too vigorously, brushing too quickly and for not enough time, and brushing side to side. To address these problem areas: brush firmly, but softly, the American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes, and make sure you brush in an up-and-down motion to remove as much plaque buildup as possible.
What Else Can You Be Doing For Proper Oral Health and a Whiter Smile?
Some people may use mouthwash; though not a substitute for brushing and flossing, it can be a great additive to your oral healthcare routine. Unfortunately, many people immediately rinse their mouthwash out with water. You should not do this as this removes the helpful ingredients before they’ve had a chance to work.
Something else most people don’t do but need to do for proper oral health is routine dental checkups. A dentist can not only identify deficiencies in your oral healthcare, but they can also prevent and treat oral diseases. To learn how often you need to visit a dentist, make sure you consult with yours.
Schedule An Appointment With Precision Dentistry and Implants of Kerrville
Oral health matters. This is why at Precision Dentistry and Implants of Kerrville, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive oral healthcare to Kerrville, TX, as well as surrounding areas. With a helpful, caring team we are excited to be able to help you.
Give us a call at 830-219-2875 to schedule an appointment.