Good oral health is a gateway to good health for the rest of your body, which is why it’s so important to take oral healthcare seriously. Dental disease that begins in your mouth that cause a series of side effects and negative health conditions throughout your body. The good news? Keeping your mouth healthy is fairly easy! There are essential steps you must do for healthy teeth and gums, all of which are simple, accessible, and a relatively low investment of time and money.

Twice-daily Brushing

This is perhaps the most basic of your daily oral care routine, but it is no less important. Don’t skimp on tooth brushing! It is important to brush your teeth twice daily at a minimum. Brush in the morning after waking to remove bacteria and plaque that accumulates as you sleep, and brush again before bed to clean away the day’s leftover food particles, bacteria and plaque. Use a soft bristled toothbrush, either manual or electric, with fluoridated toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel.

Daily Flossing

A majority of adults do not floss daily, though it is an imperative step to prevent dental disease and maintain the health of your mouth. Daily flossing prevents tooth decay and gum disease by cleaning the crevices between teeth and small areas that brushing misses.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Your regular dental check-ups should include visual oral cancer screenings to monitor your oral health and detect symptoms of oral cancer early.

Early Detection & Treatment

Notice bleeding gums, toothache, or excessive wear on your teeth? Consult your dentist right away. Early detection helps stop dental disease and disorder in their tracks, before they advance to more severe problems. If you notice any abnormalities in your mouth, don’t hesitate to schedule a dental check-up.

Dental Cleanings Every Six Months

Even the best twice-daily brushing and daily flossing routine cannot remove hardened tartar build-up, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. It’s important to undergo a professional dental cleaning twice a year to remove tartar build-up and prevent disease.