The health of your mouth is more important than you might think. Recent research suggests that your oral health is very closely linked to your overall health. So, if you aren’t following a great oral hygiene practice, it might be time to start!
Developing gum disease or tooth cavities can lead to poor overall health. The good news is that these problems develop slowly over a long period of time, meaning you can stop them before they develop into serious issues.
The best way to prevent gum and mouth disease is to practice good oral hygiene. Your oral health routine doesn’t need to be anything too complicated. In fact, a simple hygiene practice is often better because you’re more likely to stick to it and continue doing it every day.
Here are some of our top tips to help you maintain great oral hygiene and prevent mouth disease.
Take a Dental Probiotic
You may have heard of gut probiotics but have you seen dental probiotics? A dental probiotic contains millions of beneficial bacteria that can promote great oral and dental health.
Probiotics are designed to create a healthy environment in your mouth, one where plaque build-up is minimized and the oral microbiome is well-balanced. They can also reduce bad breath by killing the bad bacteria that are responsible for causing foul odours.
Pay Your Dentist Regular Visits
Going to see your dentist for regular check-ups is important to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. By seeing your dentist at least once a year, you can catch any dental problems before it’s too late.
Your dentist can give your teeth a good clean and polish to remove any hardened plaque (calculus). If they spot any potential issues, they can advise you on the best oral hygiene practice to reduce the problem or they might provide some form of treatment.
Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily
One of the most important steps in your oral hygiene routine is brushing your teeth. Aim to brush your teeth at least twice and day, and potentially more than this if you eat a lot of high-sugar foods (which we would advise against).
Brushing your teeth helps to remove any leftover pieces of food and brushes away some of the bacteria that can build up on your teeth. This prevents plaque formation and keeps your teeth and gums in a healthy condition.
Remember to brush your tongue as well as around every tooth and across your gums. Bacteria can build up in every part of your mouth so you will want to get every nook and cranny possible to keep your mouth in tip-top shape.
Forgetting to brush might be okay every once in a while but try not to get into the habit of going to work or getting into bed without having brushed your teeth and gums. If you want to maximize your oral hygiene, regular tooth brushing is necessary!