Oral Health Tips for Adults
As an adult with a busy lifestyle, paying close attention to oral health can be easier said than done. Unfortunately, quite often it’s only after oral health problems have emerged – such as pain, swelling, bleeding gums, and more – that they become a priority.
Below are some simple and effective oral health tips for adults.
While ideally you can brush your teeth after every meal, sometimes this is impractical. If so, then you should at least brush your teeth twice a day. Use toothbrush with soft bristles, and remember to replace your toothbrush when it’s worn (typically once every three months). Also remember to take your time when brushing, and ensure that you cover the entire tooth surface; especially the ones that you can’t see easily in the mirror. Often, it’s those neglected areas that can become the most problematic down the road, due to collected bacteria and plaque. Use short back-and-forth motions, while holding your toothbrush at a slight angle to your teeth. If you think you aren’t brushing as effectively as you should – or you just want to confirm that you’re on the right track – then contact us and we’ll gladly give you a quick and easy “refresher course” in healthy brushing.
Don’t forget your tongue and cheeks.
While cleaning all of the surfaces of your teeth is vital for good oral health, don’t forget your tongu and the insides of your cheeks! These areas can collect substantial bacteria, and you’ll want to gently scrub them away with your toothbrush, or with a tongue cleaner. Just remember to be gentle and don’t scrub harshly. And of course, remember to rinse thoroughly after every brushing.
Floss, floss and floss!
For busy adults, one of the things that tends to fall by the wayside when it comes to oral health is flossing. Indeed, while it can seem like an optional thing, be assured that it’s just as important as brushing. Floss regularly with about 18” of floss. Wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of either hand, wrap a little bit around the middle finger of the other hand, and with the taut floss “in between” both fingers (about 1” should be fine) floss between two teeth. Then unroll a fresh, clean inch of floss, and go to the next two teeth, and so on. Flossing is one of those things where technique makes a BIG difference, so feel free to contact us and we’ll help you floss like an pro!
Focus on improving your diet.
What you eat plays a significant role in your oral health (as much as it does your overall health and wellness). Try to add green and raw vegetables in your diet, avoid fatty milk products, and say goodbye to refined sugars as they can cause tooth decay. If you have a craving for sweet foods, look into a healthy snack or try some fruit instead!
Consider an antimicrobial or
There are a variety of antimicrobial and antiseptic rinses available without a prescription, and provided that you carefully follow the directions (use a small amount, and don’t swallow any of it), they can help keep your mouth clean and fresh. However, please don’t think that rinsing is a substitute for brushing and flossing; it’s not. Rather, it can compliment your program of good oral health. If you’d like to learn more about what to look for in an antimicrobial or antiseptic rinse, contact us and we’ll be glad to help!
Watch out for signs of poor oral health.
Even if you aren’t experiencing any oral pain, it’s essential that you watch out for signs of poor oral health, which can include:
o Tender, swollen or bloody (red) gums
o Blood due to flossing or brushing
o Any teeth that are loose
o Sensitivity to hot or cold liquids or foods
o Alignment concerns with your top and bottom teeth
Also remember, that it’s possible to experience some or all of these symptoms even if you’re brushing and flossing regularly. The issue may be in your technique, or there could be an underlying health concern that should be looked into. If you have any of these symptoms or simply want to know more about good oral health and hygiene, contact us – we’re here to help!