Staying on the topic of good oral health, this week we pick up where we left off. Last time we touched on how people tend to brush off their oral health care and put it on the back burner. In order for us to get back on track, we suggest you invest in a proper toothbrush, be sure to brush twice a day, and brush your teeth using the proper technique – 2 minutes at a time. This week we go over steps 4-6 of 15 in this five-part series you can take to good oral health.
4. Brush Your Tongue for good oral health
Don’t forget your tongue! There are a ton of bacteria on the tongue and bad breath comes from the tongue. Your tongue is covered in tiny bumps called papillae, and within the grooves of these bumps, they collect bacteria, dead skin cells, and food particles. Gently scrub your tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth using back and forth movement for good oral health. You can also use a tongue scraper. You can glide the tongue scraper over your tongue which “scrapes” off the thin layer of mucus and bacteria. You should use your tongue scraper before you brush your teeth. Once you have scraped your tongue, brush and floss your teeth like normal.
5. Floss Every Day for good oral health
Flossing is an important part of good oral health. This is also the hardest for most people to keep on top of. Small bacteria infiltrate the small cracks in your teeth. Without flossing, those bacteria can build up and cause decay and build-up. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease. Gum disease is irreversible. So it is good to stay on top of flossing daily.
6. Ingest plenty of Vitamin C for good oral health
Calcium helps build strong teeth and healthy gums. There are a ton of foods out there, like milk and yogurt, which contain healthy doses of Vitamin C. There are also lots of fruits and veggies that contain Calcium as well. One thing you want to avoid is acidic fruits. So, fruits like oranges, lemons, or limes should be avoided. The acid in these fruits can break down the enamel on your teeth.
Not sure if you are flossing well enough or do you have concerns with bad breath? Let one of the experienced hygienists take look. Schedule an appointment today at Smiles of Memorial of Houston – Viet Tran DMD for good oral health.