5 things you need to do more of this Oral Health Month

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1.     Live a healthy lifestyle

Yes, as with everything else to do with your body regular exercise and a healthy diet decreases the chances of developing gum disease. A poor diet can also lead to cavities so say no to fizzy drinks and those sugary snacks.

 

2.     Take the time

Remember that plaque is constantly forming at the gum line and on the surfaces of your teeth and takes more than a quick once over with the toothbrush to get rid of.  Brush your teeth for about two to three minutes at a time, and twice daily. Consider using a timer to make sure you're spending enough time at the sink, or play a song of the same length encouraging everyone in the house to do the same. Finish your routine by rinsing with mouthwash according to label directions to help keep your teeth and gums squeaky clean and healthy.

 

3.     Don't skimp on the floss

Don't skimp on the floss. Use a long piece, about an arms-length, that provides enough grip to access the spaces between every tooth, front and back. Move the floss against the tooth in an up-and-down motion before you go on to the next area. If you find it difficult to use floss, don't skip cleaning between your teeth altogether. There are other tools you can use, such as a floss holder, wooden sticks, plastic picks and small interdental brushes.

 

4.     Start healthy habits early

As soon as your child's baby teeth appear, they're at risk of cavities. Cavity-causing bacteria can be transferred to a baby's mouth from a parent, often while using the same spoon or sharing a toothbrush. Using a soft, age-appropriate toothbrush gets them off to a healthy start. They'll need help though, so brush your child's teeth until you're comfortable that he or she can brush without you.

 

5.     Have those check-ups

Don't wait until you have toothache to see your dentist.  Seeing your dentist every six months should be part of your and your children’s healthcare routine.  Trained to prevent oral diseases, dental professionals will find the hidden problems you may not be able to see, keeping you aware of the little dental health facts that can make a big difference in your family's life.