Oral Hygiene Basics

A beautiful smile, pink gums, and fresh breath are all indicators of good oral health. But maintaining your teeth, gums, and mouth in a healthy state throughout the day can be pretty challenging. In countless ways, the health of the mouth reflects the well-being of the body. Ailments in other parts of the body often show symptoms that can be observed in the mouth. Similarly, oral disorders affect an individual's quality of life and cause issues in other body areas. That's sufficient reason to maintain good oral hygiene.

At Rosemont Dental in Frederick, MD, our primary goal is to help keep your gums and teeth healthy for a lifetime. By following a dedicated program of oral hygiene, you have the best chance at making this goal a reality. 

What Is the Importance of Oral Health?

Regular dental appointments play a vital role in maintaining your oral health. It helps to detect and remedy any problems with teeth or gums and evaluates the general condition of your oral health. In between your scheduled visits, the best way to keep your teeth and gums clean and free of disease is to follow a dedicated program of daily oral hygiene. Your routine should include the following:

Brushing and Flossing

You should dutifully brush and floss at least twice daily. This will help remove bacteria, plaque, and other debris from the teeth's surfaces. These harmful bacteria attack the tooth's enamel and cause cavities. They could also cause gingivitis and other gum diseases.

Fluoride Supplement

Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and is very vital for children's developing teeth. They prevent decay in both kids and adults. If more fluoride is necessary, it could be applied directly to your teeth at our dental office.

Limiting of Unhealthy Snacks

Sugary snacks should not be eaten throughout the day, as their acid content may damage the tooth enamel. So restrict sugary treats to mealtime.

Using Mouthwash 

Mouthwashes do more than briefly mask the foul odor or tastes in your mouth; they can improve your overall oral hygiene. Using a therapeutic mouthwash can control plaque and bacteria and prevent cavities.

Quitting Tobacco

Tobacco use significantly increases your risk of oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. So, avoid this harmful habit. 

Inspecting Your Mouth Often

Once you start following a routine, you will quickly spot any changes in your mouth like swollen gums, chipped teeth, or unusual sores. If you find anything of concern, seek immediate dental care.

To learn more about dental hygiene, call Rosemont Dental in Frederick, MD, at (301) 663-114 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Askari.