Brushing and flossing are great, but they’re not the only things everyone should be doing to ensure health teeth, gums and mouths.




According to everydayhealth.com, brushing and flossing are just the cornerstones in over all dental health. What else should prevents gum disease? Here’s the list:


Brushing and flossing are great, but they’re not the only things everyone should be doing to ensure health teeth, gums and mouths.


According to everydayhealth.com, brushing and flossing are just the cornerstones in over all dental health. What else should prevents gum disease? Here’s the list:
 

1. Choose the best toothbrush for individual taste - either electric or manual it doesn’t matter. What does matter is brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and replace the brush ehad or toothbrush every three to
four months.
 

2. Don’t just brush the chewing surfaces. Make sure the front and back of each tooth gets attention too. For optimal dental health, place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the tooth and gum and vibrate it (rather than scrubbing hard) on each surface of each tooth for one or two seconds.


3. Don’t forget  the tongue. Always include brushing the tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scrapper. Food can get stuck in the grooves of the tongue, causing bacteria growth. Two signs the tongue might need some work - bad taste and bad breath.
 

4. Floss with any type of waxed floss and slide the floss between the gum and the tooth. If there is space between teeth for those with bridge work consider an interdental cleaner.
 

5. Swish -  an  antimicrobial rinse is a smart supplement to brushing and flossing, because it kills bacteria. A dentist may order a prescription mouthwash for those at risk for oral disease.
 

6. Limit sugary snacks. Sugar changes the environment in the mouth, making it more favorable for bacteria that creates acids and leads to cavities. After snacking on sugary foods, including fruits, follow with a glass of water to dilute acids.


7. Chew sugarless gun to create additional saliva that helps neutralize acids after a meal. Chewing gum doesn’t replace brushing and flossing but studies indicate chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating may help
maintain healthy teeth and prevent decay.
 

8. Stop smoking - it may be a big risk factors for gum disease and is an oral health threat. Smokers also heal more slowly from gum disease or oral surgery.


9. If the water coming from the tap isn’t treated with fluoride (like water from a well) ask the dentist if a fluoride supplement is needed.
 

10. Sign up for dental insurance. Those with insurance are more likely to visit the dentist for regular checkups and regular checkups means there is less chance of losing teeth to gum disease or cavities.