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Tips for Better Oral Health

Oral Hygine TipsProactive dental care care is the best way to keep teeth and gums healthy. Be sure to brush and floss daily. In addition, regular visits to the dentist – every 6 months or as scheduled by your dental professional – can help you learn more about proper care for your teeth and gums.

Regular visits are important as your dental professional can detect oral health issues (such as gingivitis) in the early stages, which you may not be able to detect on your own. In addition, a well-maintained oral hygiene routine may often benefit overall health, including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and reduced risk of premature birth for pregnant women1.

Look for a flosser that fits your needs. Daily flossing should be an essential part of your dental health routine.  Using a dental flosser that fits your needs will make the experience more comfortable. Plackers® offers a variety of dental flossers and oral care accessories to accommodate tight teeth, sensitive teeth, braces and bridges, advanced cleaning needs, flavor preferences, kids flossing needs, and on-the-go lifestyles.

Acquire the right tools. Proper dental health goes beyond brushing and flossing. Additional oral care tools offered by Plackers such as tongue scrapers and interdental brushes offer easy ways to help remove plaque and trapped food, as well as to curb bad breath. For teeth grinding and clenching, dental night protectors such as Plackers Grind No More can help prevent tooth damage caused by night time teeth grinding (bruxism).

Consult a dentist. Generally speaking, most children and adults should visit their dentist for a cleaning and check up once every six months, or as scheduled by their dental professional. Individuals with a greater risk for oral diseases should have dental check-ups more than twice a year. Tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are also among some of the many factors that your dentist takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check up. Additionally, you should consult your dentist immediately if you experience any pain or jaw discomfort.

Kick stress levels. Find alternative ways to relieve high stress and anxiety that can lead to teeth grinding and clenching. Both can put up to 250 pounds of pressure on teeth and may cause irreversible damage.

Eat well. A balanced diet that provides proper amounts of calcium, vitamins D, B and C, magnesium and zinc helps maintain healthy teeth, gums and bones2.

Reduce plaque build up. Brushing and flossing is not the only way to reduce plaque build up. To help reduce the plaque acid production, chew sugar free gum between meals. Drinking black tea may also act as a natural fluoride3

Stop tobacco use. Tobacco use may cause bad breath, teeth discoloration and can increase risks for gum disease. Additionally, tobacco is a leading cause of adult tooth loss4.

 

1 The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
2 American Dental Hygiene Association
3 Modkins, Stephanie. Associated Content.
4 American Dental Association