As you go about your daily life, you eat, drink and make countless other choices throughout the day. Do you consider how those choices affect your teeth? Developing and maintaining a dental care routine is the best line of defense against potential dental issues. It may seem elementary but are you really doing all you can? Here are five of the basic steps to dental care according to WebMD.
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily- To avoid tooth decay and gum disease, start good habits and stick to them. And for added oral health, be sure to change your toothbrush 3 or 4 times a year.
- Do not smoke or use smokeless tobacco- Tobacco can cause teeth to be stained and can also increase the risks of oral cancer and gum disease.
- Maintain a daily diet to include DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) omega-3 fats- A daily intake of both DHA and EPA can help prevent gum disease as omega-3 fish oil is a powerful inflammatory.
- Avoid food and beverages that are high in sugar- Sugary foods and beverages including soft drinks, candies and cookies tend to produce high amounts of acid in your mouth which can trigger the decay process.
- Get routine dental exams- Routine dental check-ups are recommended every 6 months. Your dentist will remove excess plaque that has built up and check for signs of decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.
Practicing good dental hygiene and scheduling routine exams can help you avoid tooth decay, gum disease and expensive, painful dental procedures. A few minutes a day brushing and flossing will make a big difference.