It is vital to maintain a proper oral hygiene regimen at home between dental visits to keep your mouth as healthy as possible and to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Talk with your dentist/ dental hygienist to make sure your at home regimen is up to par, and get tips and tricks to keep things healthy.
It is essential for your overall health to stay hydrated, but did you know it’s also essential for your oral health? If you are hydrated, your body will produce more saliva, which acts as a natural cleanser for reducing plaque and tartar build up. If you are dehydrated, your body will produce less saliva, leading to gum and tooth problems. If you notice a dry mouth regardless of your fluid intake, try to find the root cause. Sometimes medications and health conditions can cause a dry mouth. If this is the case, use a salivary substitute in the form of gum or mouthwash.
If you suffer from acid reflux, it can actually affect the health of your teeth. Stomach acid in the mouth will bathe the teeth and over time can lead to acid erosion of the enamel. Talk with your doctor if you feel you are suffering from acid reflux, sometimes an antacid medication can be prescribed to prevent this condition from occurring. In the same token, try to reduce acidic drinks and soda from your diet because they can also cause acid erosion of the enamel over time.
An ADA (American Dental Association) mouth rinse is a great way to reduce total bacteria in the mouth as well as improve the health of gums. Make sure the mouth rinse you select is approved and has active ingredients. Mouth rinses can also have the added benefit of fluoride, which helps reduce the risk of cavities. Make sure the mouth rinse you select is alcohol-free, as an alcohol-based mouth rinse can cause a dry mouth.
Of course, a vital component of a healthy mouth is at home brushing and flossing. It is recommended to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Make sure you talk with your dentist or dental hygienist about what toothbrush and floss will work best for you.
Make sure you see your dentist and dental hygienist for check-ups and cleanings at the recommended interval (between 3-6 months.) At these appointments, your gums and teeth will be assessed, and any concerns will be addressed. If you have any questions about keeping your mouth healthy between dental visits, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.