Enhancing your dental health is a crucial aspect of your overall wellness.
The start of a new year presents an ideal opportunity to craft resolutions aimed at cultivating healthier habits. Whether it involves refining brushing techniques or completing dental treatments, prioritising wellness resolutions remains perennial, offering substantial and motivating benefits. Remember, setting achievable goals often involves taking gradual steps towards them.
Preventing Gum Disease
Daily brushing and flossing play pivotal roles in warding off gum disease. Elevating your daily oral care regimen stands as a straightforward method to bolster your health. Effective plaque removal entails brushing at least twice a day using a quality toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Angle the bristles at 45 degrees towards the gumline and gently move the toothbrush across your teeth. Flossing once daily aids in eliminating debris that accumulates throughout the day. As recommended by the Australian Dental Association, replace toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months.
Embrace Mouth-Healthy Foods
Certain foods fortify teeth and promote dental health. While reducing your intake of sugary items, consider swapping them with mouth-friendly alternatives.
Consider incorporating these foods:
- Carrots: Rich in fibre and vitamin A, carrots stimulate saliva production, reducing cavity risks.
- Cheese: Dairy products elevate mouth pH levels, diminishing tooth decay risks. Loaded with calcium and protein, cheese fortifies enamel.
- Fish: Abundant in vitamin D, facilitating efficient calcium absorption, crucial for enamel strength.
- Leafy greens: A powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, including fibre, calcium, folic acid, and vitamin B.
When integrating mouth-healthy foods into your diet, take gradual steps, introducing them one meal at a time.
Cease Tobacco Usage
Quitting tobacco usage, including cigarettes and smokeless products, significantly betters overall health. Utilise free online programs, progress apps, and support groups to aid in this endeavour.
Despite dental professionals advocating daily flossing, many individuals struggle to adhere to this advice. If you’re inconsistent with flossing, make it a part of your routine this year. Luckily, flossing takes only a few minutes and eliminates food particles and bacteria that contribute to cavities.
Dentists advise not only moving the floss up and down between teeth but also against their sides. Adopting a “C” shape with the floss facilitates reaching all areas, including below the gum line. Place floss next to your toothbrush to make it a nightly ritual.
Interdental brushes are also a very effective alternative to floss and can be easier to use.
Often overlooked, tongue cleaning should become a part of your oral hygiene routine. Commit to cleaning your tongue with each brushing to eliminate germs causing bad breath. Invest in a tongue scraper alongside your toothbrush to effectively remove these germs and bacteria.
Regular Toothbrush Replacement
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or sooner if you’ve been sick. Monitor the bristles: if frayed or worn, they won’t clean teeth effectively. Children might require more frequent replacements due to their vigorous brushing habits. Additionally, if stored alongside other toothbrushes, they might all necessitate replacement.
For more information on your oral health, set up an appointment with us at Jacaranda Dental.
We can give you a full oral examination and additional tips to have excellent oral health throughout the whole year.