Healthy Daily Dental Habits
We all know that your dentist would like you to floss daily and brush our teeth two times a day. B.J. Myers, DDS & Associates would like to share some extra tips that can help keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.
Video: Homecare & Brushing
• Use a toothpaste and mouthwash that contain Fluoride to help protect your teeth from decay.
• Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, brush gently in a circular motion, and hold the toothbrush in your fingertips - not in the palm of your hand.
• Avoid acidic foods and drinks (like soft drinks and citrus foods). If you can't live without your daily coke, the best way to drink it is relatively quickly followed by a thorough swishing of water to remove remaining sugar.
• Avoid smoking or excessive amounts of alcohol because they put patients at a higher risk for oral and throat cancer and gum disease.
• Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or when it shows sign of excessive wear, such as bent bristles. It is also a good idea to replace your toothbrush after any type of illness.
• See your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups at least every six months. Visits may be needed more frequently when treating Periodontal Disease or Gingivitis.
Dental Symptoms NOT To Ignore
Any mouth sore that persists longer than two weeks. This could be an indication of oral cancer. Other symptoms include a lump on the neck or throat, difficulty swallowing, prolonged hoarseness, or unilateral persistent ear ache.
Any abnormality in your mouth such as bleeding or swollen gums, intermittent pain, or sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures should be examined by your dentist immediately. I cannot stress this enough - early detection is the key to maintaining a healthy mouth with little pain or money spent!