There is never a one-for-all oral routine, simply because not everybody has the same level of oral health. Some may be struggling to keep their teeth healthy due to bad habits. For others, it may easier to keep teeth healthy.
One thing to be sure of is that oral health involves more than just brushing twice at night. Although it is one of the key fundamentals in your oral routine, it isn’t the only one.
To keep your oral health strong, there are five key fundamentals that you should always be part of your oral routine.
Read on below to find out what they are:
Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth
Alongside brushing your teeth twice a day, do not forget to floss. Many people brush their teeth for the sake of it without focusing on all contours of the teeth. Food can easily become stuck in your teeth, and that can be difficult to remove with a soft bristle brush. Food debris that becomes stuck on teeth can lead to plaque, a sticky substance that is a trigger for tooth decay. The harmful bacteria that build up can also cause gum disease. Flossing regularly will avoid this from happening. There are some surprising benefits of flossing that you should know.
Reduce Your Sugar Consumption
Sugar is a major guilty pleasure for many. Although, the more sugar you consume, the more damage you’re doing to your teeth. Sugar is a trigger for an acid attack which can weaken your enamel. The enamel is the hard protective outer layer on your teeth that protects from harmful substances and staining. If enamel erodes, it can no longer protect your teeth and you’re in danger of decay.
Replace Sugar With Calcium
If you’re struggling to find alternatives to sugar, calcium is your answer. Calcium contains vital properties to keep your teeth and bones strong. Eating foods such as leafy green vegetables, fish, dry nuts and tofu all contain great calcium properties to benefit your teeth.
Regular Dental Check-Ups
It is essential that you book regular dental check-ups with your dentist every six months. This allows your dentist to identify if you have any dental problems and offer dental advice, whilst making sure your mouth stays healthy by performing a scale-and-polish. Leaving problems untreated may make it difficult to treat down the line, and the dentist is best placed to detect any problems early and avoid them becoming a problem.
Examine Your Mouth
Throughout the day, become familiar with your mouth and locate any signs of oral diseases. Ideally, you want to look for the development of spots, swelling or lesions anywhere in your mouth. These could be telling signs of conditions such as gum disease, cavity or loose teeth. If you feel your teeth are grinding or suffer from wear-and-tear when you eat and speak, this is also something to be aware of. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit the dentist though, because having an experienced second opinion is all the more important. Your role is to ensure any signs are caught and caught early so the dentist can perform the necessary treatments.
The same oral routine won’t exactly work for everybody. Although, incorporating these five steps are the fundamentals for strong and healthy teeth. You should always consult the dentist regularly if you need further dental advice. Maintain a balanced lifestyle with these five steps and your oral health will thank you in the long-term. You will also wake up to clean teeth every day, especially if you’ve whitened your teeth.
If you need oral health advice, contact our helpful dentists at Wollongong today. Dental care is worth smiling about, and we’re motivated to deliver healthy and happy smiles. If this is what you’re looking for, contact us now and book an appointment with us.