While you may not be focused on it, your dental health is essential in protecting your physical well-being. Proper dental care habits are easy to develop and will save you a lot of financial worry in the future. A healthy mouth can also protect you from disease. Here are some habits you should integrate into your life.
See a Dentist Every Six Months
According to Cigna, visiting the dentist’s office twice a year is a great way to protect yourself from tooth decay. Dentists can give advice that is appropriate for your situation—which is important if you are a senior. They can also schedule appointments for toothaches and root canals if you are in an emergency.
A good dentist will also inform you of cleaning practices and hold you accountable on your personal dental care. Visiting every six months sets an expectation and goal in keeping your teeth clean. If you are still struggling with cavities and you aren’t sure why, a doctor might be able to prescribe you custom toothpaste.
Brushing your teeth every morning and night is essential to excellent dental health. However, if you are only brushing your teeth, you might be missing some important areas of your mouth that need attention. Flossing clears out food and tartar in hard to reach areas (specifically, between the teeth.)
If you do not floss a few times a week, you could be at risk in getting gum diseases like gingivitis. According to Lakeside Dental, infected gums can lead to other oral diseases, which can get expensive. Ideally, you should floss 2-4 times a week.
Eat Less Sugar
Despite what you may think, your eating habits can also drastically affect your chances of getting cavities. Your dentist may ask you questions to understand your diet. They can advise against eating sticky hard-candy and sugary sodas. Listen to their advice and try to apply it.
According to FITNESS:1440, while your sugar intake is a choice you should make, there are other health risks you take if you eat too much of it. Be aware of what you are putting into your body—you never know how much your food decisions will affect your life.
If you want a strong set of pearly whites, you must put in the work for them. Managing your sugar intake and scrubbing your teeth daily are essential. Even though you might find these practices tedious, they will ensure you live longer and happier. Don’t forget to smile!
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