Your overall health is greatly impacted by your oral health. Since harmful bacteria can lead to oral infections, gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss, good oral hygiene usually translates into good overall health. Yet, many of us may be uncertain about what beyond brushing and flossing makes up proper oral hygiene practices. South High Dental’s expert staff can help patients develop proper oral hygiene habits keeping their smiles healthy.
Proper Oral Hygiene Practices
Your daily routine for good oral hygiene should consist of four basic steps: brushing twice daily (morning and evening), regular rinsing, daily flossing, and thoroughly chewing your food. Proper oral hygiene practices begin at home. But there’s more you can do. Avoiding sugary snacks helps prevent cavities, not smoking or using chewing tobacco keeps teeth from discoloring, and drinking alcohol in moderation avoids weakening teeth or damaging your gums. Finally, you need to make visiting your dentist twice a year for a checkup and/or cleaning a regular practice. All of these simple practices lend themselves to good oral hygiene. Also, they contribute to less time you spent at the dentist for your regular appointments. Certainly, shorter and less painful visits are something we all want.
Following these proper oral hygiene practices means you’ll have a healthy mouth. Thus, you’ll be at a low risk of infections, gum disease, or tooth decay improving your overall health. It’s easy to recognize a healthy mouth. It is one with clean teeth, pink gums that don’t hurt or bleed, and fresh breath. Thus, if your gums hurt or bleed or if your breath is persistently bad, you need to see your dentist. Also, even if you practice good oral hygiene, you may experience discoloration or damage to your teeth. The dental experts at South High Dental in Columbus, OH, have not only the expertise to keep your mouth healthy but also the skill in cosmetic dentistry. For example, you may be interested in teeth whitening, implants to replace missing teeth, dental veneers to close gaps or cover chips, or dental crowns.
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No matter your need, South High Dental can set you on the path to proper oral hygiene practices giving you a smile you’ll want for now and in the future. The key to good oral health is the development of good habits. Engaging in, sharing, and teaching the above practices will go a long way towards ensuring you and your loved ones continued good health.
The experienced and caring staff at South High Dental in Columbus, OH, know you care about proper oral hygiene practices. We’re here to help you learn and develop good dental hygiene habits. Also, South High Dental provides a variety of general dentistry services such as:
- Orthodontic services
When you combine proper oral hygiene practices with our general and cosmetic dental services, you are in a good position for lasting oral health. We pride ourselves on the comfort and care we provide. So call South High Dental in Columbus today at 614.363.2462.