People begin to learn about dental health from a very young age when teeth first begin to show up. But in spite of such early awareness, many people fail to maintain good dental health through their adult life. Good dental health means brushing and flossing your teeth every day, and regular visits to a dentist or dental hygienist as well. Here's a basic guide to making sure your mouth stays happy and healthy for the long term.
Pick the Right Tools
You should use a toothbrush with softer bristles to protect your gums. Some people, however, prefer power brush systems that help break up plaque and bacteria in the mouth. Either option can keep your teeth healthy with the right techniques, so talk with Dr. Kandar about the right options for you.
Understand Your Oral Health Needs
You should make sure to understand your own oral health needs, since your oral health depends on your diet, the type and amount of saliva in your mouth, your overall health, and your oral hygiene routine. From this, Dr. Kandar can help you create the right care plan for you and your unique needs.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Because fluoride strengthens developing teeth in kids and prevents decay in adults, toothpastes and mouthwashes containing fluoride should be used. You should brush at least twice a day (if possible, even three times or after every meal). You should also floss at least twice a day. Brushing and flossing will remove plaque, a complex mass of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth.
Limit Snack Consumption
Limit the consumption of unhealthy, sugary snacks and follow a balanced diet plan. Tobacco in any form will enhance the risk of oral cancer and cause stains on your teeth. Visit Dr. Kandar regularly and get your mouth examined so you can take preventive steps against larger concerns later on.
Schedule An Appointment
The best way to improve your oral health is by meeting with a board certified dentist. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Kandar and our team, book online through our website or call our San Francisco office at (415) 523-9178.