Tips for maintaining oral health and wellness
When patients visit their dentist for regular dental cleanings and examinations, they are significantly reducing their risk of developing certain oral health concerns including oral infections, gum disease, and tooth decay. However, it is also important that patients understand the role at home between these visits to the dentist. Without proper home healthcare each day, patients may be putting themselves at a higher risk of dental issues down the road.
How can I maintain good oral health at home?
There are several recommendations from the team at Montefiore Medical Center regarding good oral hygiene habits every day. Below are just a few tips for patients to consider:
- Brush and floss as directed. Good oral health starts at home, and starts with regular brushing and flossing. It is ideal to do both after every meal, but brushing twice a day and flossing once a day can be sufficient for most.
- Use mouthwash if recommended or prescribed. Sometimes, patients with early stage gingivitis may benefit from prescription-strength mouthwashes to use every day after brushing and flossing. Use as directed to control any possible infections that might be at risk of developing.
- Eat foods that won’t harm the teeth. In addition to causing staining and discoloration, foods and beverages can also cause problems in the smile in terms of creating an environment perfect for the growth of bacteria. Patients should brush the teeth and gums after consuming beverages and foods known for being harmful to the smile, including coffee, tea, and others.
- Protect the smile. If you have been diagnosed with a condition such as bruxism, which causes nighttime clenching and grinding, it is important that you wear a dental mouthguard each night to protect the teeth from damage and reduce pain and discomfort that may occur in the mornings.
- Visit the dentist regularly. The American Dental Association recommends that patients visit their dentist every six months, or more often if addressing problems such as periodontal disease.
Call Montefiore Medical Center
Patients ready to learn more about caring for their smile will want to work routinely with their dental team. Montefiore Medical Center accepts new patients and families at their 11 convenient locations and encourages patients to take a proactive approach to their oral health. Contact the team to book your appointment today!