Dentists provide a variety of services to keep your oral hygiene at its best. 

You have the primary responsibility, though, of keeing your teeth and gums healthy! In between dental visits, it’s important to remember five key things to maintain that great oral hygiene! 

1. Dental Health Impacts Your Overall Health

Did you know your dental health is closely linked with your overall health? The condition of your mouth can signal a variety of health problems. Not all of the health problems found are solely dental problems.  

Good oral health doesn’t only decrease the likelihood you will experience oral disease, it can help prevent other diseases, too. For example, there are many health conditions associated with gum disease, including diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Good oral health helps maintain your overall health. 

2. Have a Routine Cleaning Every 6 Months

You shouldn’t only see a dentist when you experience mouth or tooth pain. Routine cleanings greatly reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, tartar buildup, and more. It’s recommended to have a professional cleaning every six months. 

Routine dental cleanings include a whole-mouth exam, the removal of plaque and tartar build-up, and teeth polishing. Regular cleaning is a preventative treatment that reduces your risk of dental disease including cavities and gum disease. 

3. Replace Your Toothbrush Every 3 Months

Your toothbrush will wear out over time. Germs and bacteria can build up between the bristles, too. A toothbrush in good condition cleans your teeth better than an old, worn-out toothbrush. You should replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every three months.  

4. Practice Good Oral Hygiene Daily

Get into the habit of practicing a good dental hygiene routine. Your routine should include brushing and flossing regularly. 

Brush Regularly

It’s recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice each day. Once in the morning after you wake up, and once in the evening before you go to bed. When you’re done brushing, don’t rinse with water. Rinsing with water after brushing interferes with the toothpaste’s ability to fight plaque and decay. If you feel the need to rinse with water, wait to rinse for 30 minutes after you brush.

Floss Regularly

Flossing regularly is an important part of a good dental hygiene routine. When you floss, you are able to remove food that’s stuck between your teeth. You’ll remove plaque and keep it from building up, too. 

5. Your Mouth’s Condition Changes as You Age

As you age, the condition of your mouth changes. Here are just a few ways your mouth changes as you age:

  1. Your gums recede
  2. Your teeth wear down from grinding
  3. Your teeth can weaken
  4. You may experience dry mouth due to lower saliva production
  5. You may lose teeth

You’re at a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease because of how your mouth changes with age. Keep up with your oral health and see your dentist regularly to keep your mouth in good condition.

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