Oral Hygiene Maintenance Tips
Dr. Shah offers the following suggestions on how to maintain optimal oral health.
1. Brush Teeth Regularly, at least two times a day
Brushing your teeth is important to remove plaque (a sticky film of bacteria that collects on the surface of teeth) and debris from your teeth. Plaque plays a primary role in causing oral disease such as tooth decay and gum disease.
- Brush at least twice a day for two minutes; preferably after every meal
- Always use a soft bristled brush (hard bristles can cause recession of gums)
- Use anti-cavity fluoride toothpaste
- Brush the tongue along with the teeth and gums to prevent bad breath
2. Floss Teeth Regularly, once a day
Flossing helps to remove plaque from in between your teeth and behind your teeth, places that your brush often misses. Flossing helps prevent periodontal disease by removing plaque.
3. Eat a balanced diet, limiting sugary foods, sodas, coffee and alcohol
4. Maintain dental check-ups twice a year
5. Use alcohol-free mouthwash once a day
6. Avoid smoking
7. Have adequate calcium intake and take daily doses of vitamins C and D
8. Sleep 8 hours nightly
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