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Tips for Healthier Teeth and Gums

Tips for Healthier Teeth and Gums

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is of the utmost importance for maintaining proper oral health. And given that an increasing amount of studies show a link between oral health and overall health, it pays to practice proper oral hygiene.

The best thing you can do for your teeth at home is regularly brushing and flossing them. It is recommended that you do this twice a day. It is important to use fluoride toothpaste when you brush, as fluoride will strengthen the enamel against the effects of plaque and tooth decay. You should make sure that you are using a soft bristle brush and that you are holding it at a forty-five degree angle to your gumline. Clean each surface of the tooth with small, circular motions. Do not forget to brush your tongue, as bacteria can harbor in the grooves of the tongue. When flossing, avoid using sawing motions, as this can aggravate your gums. It is best to use up-and-down motions as your floss. Along with regular brushing and flossing, be sure to visit the dentist every six months for a professional exam and cleaning. It is also a good idea to eat a healthy diet and drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of water a day. Eating healthy and staying hydrated will promote salivary flow, and saliva helps protect your teeth and gums from decay.

If you use tobacco, it is best to try and stop. And if you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. This means no more than one drink a day for women and two for men. Both alcohol and tobacco have been shown to be oral cancer risk factors. Avoiding them is key to maintaining good oral health.

If you are experiencing pain from tooth decay, contact our expert in root canal in Los Angeles to schedule an appointment.

 

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