Good Oral Hygiene Can Prevent Higher Cost Later

oral hygiene instructionsIf you are looking to maintain good oral health, the best place to start is with good oral hygiene. This can save you considerable money. First, by taking care of your teeth, you can avoid the cost of expensive restorative dentistry procedures. In addition, good oral health is a strong foundation for overall health. People with good oral health have lower risk of chronic health problems that can be dangerous–and are expensive to treat.

Here are 4 easy tips to take better care of your oral health.

A Healthy Diet Helps

The truth is that we should have a very low risk of cavities and gum disease. If we ate a balanced, healthy diet, our risk of oral health problems would be much lower. You can give yourself a leg up in oral hygiene just by eating the right foods.

Avoid processed sugars and reduce processed carbs, overall. Try to eat healthier whole grains, combined with a balance of unprocessed proteins, fruits, and vegetables. A balanced diet not only feeds you better, it helps you maintain a balance of oral bacteria in your mouth, instead of letting sugar-loving dangerous bacteria grow out of control.

Establish the Right Routine

If you want to keep your teeth healthy, you need to clean them regularly. At a minimum, you should brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once, too. Do a thorough cleaning before going to bed. At night, your body goes into rest mode, which makes it easier for oral bacteria to thrive. Knocking their population down before bed helps. Always remember to use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride stimulates your body’s ability to repair and strengthen your teeth.

The Right Tool for the Right Job

A manual toothbrush and floss can work well if you use them properly. However, most people have trouble getting the procedure right. That’s where some advanced tools can help. An electric toothbrush and water flosser can help you clean your teeth more effectively.

Regular Dental Visits

No matter how good your oral hygiene, there are some things you can’t remove from your teeth, such as tartar. Tartar is hardened oral bacteria that have absorbed minerals from your saliva. It’s like rocks building up on your teeth. These rocks provide shelter for oral bacteria, which can grow in numbers and attack your teeth and gums.

We can safely remove tartar from your teeth and give you tips for improving your oral hygiene in the future.

If you are overdue for a dental visit in Myrtle Beach, please call (843) 903-3111 today for an appointment with Dr. Dustin Holladay at Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry.