Recent studies have shown that there is a significant connection between health problems and your overall oral health. Health problems like diabetes and pneumonia are just two of the many that can occur alongside poor oral hygiene. Said studies have even shown that there may be a link between stroke, heart disease, and even premature birth.
It’s more important than ever to take care of your oral hygiene through routine maintenance via a dentist, as well as practicing good oral hygiene at home. If you’re someone that doesn’t have a dentist or a dental plan, as well as not being able to afford a dental bill, you should always ask your local dentist for a payment plan. There are many that want you to succeed and be healthy, so they make dental care affordable and attainable.
Maybe you want great healthcare for your kids but can’t afford that either. Check with your local social services office or social security office to learn more about getting dental insurance for your children. There are also plenty of dental schools that provide low-cost to free care for people willing to volunteer for dental students.
The Five Key Steps to Great Oral Hygiene
Besides wearing a smile, checkout these five fantastic steps to maintaining proper oral health:
- Schedule routine maintenance with your dentist
- Always keep your mouth clean at home with brushing and flossing
- Make sure to eat a great diet that’s well-balanced
- Inspect your own mouth regularly for signs of oral cancer and even gum disease
- Make sure to avoid all types of tobacco products, as they can cause oral diseases, as well as diseases elsewhere in the body
Visiting Your Dentist Regularly
Whether you schedule a visit every six months or one a year, you should always have some sort of plan to see a dentist every year. You should care for your mouth like you care for the rest of your body: by seeing a doctor for a “physical” examination.
Preventing Dental Erosion
Sounds painful, huh? There are quite a few ways you can prevent dental erosion, but the three most notable include the following:
- Choose low acidic foods and drinks. Those that are carbonated tend to be higher in acid than other drinks, which can erode your teeth quite easily – making them susceptible to rot, bacteria, disease, and of course, pain
- Don’t use drinks that are high in acid to swish around in your mouth / don’t suck on citrus fruits
- Foods and drinks that are high in acid and sugar should be consumed at the end of the meal – the extra saliva in your mouth will help reduce the erosion temporarily
Tips for Snacking with Your Children
Kids love snacks, but the word “snacks” can be nerve-wracking for those that want to maintain proper oral hygiene. Take these tips into account when snacking with your children:
- Limit how many snacks they eat throughout the day
- Limit the number of acidic foods and drinks they consume
- Serve milk and juice at the end of the meal
- Drink water in between eating
- Have your children brush their teeth twice a day, and at least once before bed
There are also many tips like eating healthy foods, avoiding sweets, and more, but it’s okay to have a sugary snack every once in a while. Let’s reduce the potential for a child to get a disease by introducing healthy oral hygiene to them.
If you’re curious to learn more, contact Weston Dental Office at (416) 247-1928 today.