Do you want to improve your oral health but don’t have an idea of where to start? Here are some tips that will help you create and personalize your very own oral health plan:
Understand your own oral health needs
Next time you visit the dentist, talk with him or her about your specific oral health needs. They can give you tips and tell you more about specific issues in your mouth and how to improve your dental hygiene to most effectively benefit your oral health.
Follow a daily oral health routine
Create a health routine for yourself that is easy to follow from day-to-day. A plan that’s too complicated may not allow you to be successful. Start small – start with the essentials – and work up to a more complex daily dental hygiene routine.
Eat a balanced diet and limit snacking
Eat a variety of foods, but try to limit sugars and starches. Eating sugar and starches creates more acids in your mouth, which latch onto your teeth and begin causing your teeth to decay as the enamel becomes weak.
Examine your mouth regularly
Become familiar with your mouth and teeth and their regular appearance. Knowing what your mouth looks like when it is healthy will help you identify signs that indicate a problem. If you start experiencing pain in your gums, tongue, cheeks, or the floor and roof of your mouth, have these changes examined by a dentist.
Visit your dentist regularly
The general rule-of-thumb is to visit your dentist once every six months for a teeth cleaning and a check-up. Talk with your dentist to figure out how frequently you should attend the dentist based on your dental hygiene.