Oral health is more than brushing and flossing. Routine dental visits, at-home care, and diet affect oral health. Problems like tooth decay and gum disease can lead to gum recession and tooth loss but also affect heart health. There are many links between physical and oral health. Are you interested in learning the proper way to care for your smile when you aren’t at the dentist’s office? Here we will answer questions about oral health in Arlington Heights, IL.
Oral Health FAQs in Arlington Heights
Read answers to commonly asked questions about oral health and hygiene below:
What is the best way to brush your teeth?
Patients can benefit from using a manual or electric toothbrush. To brush with a manual toothbrush, gently brush at a 45-degree angle and rotate the brush near the gum line. Brush the outside of the teeth, then move to the chewing surfaces, then the inside tooth surfaces. Using an electric toothbrush, you can repeat this process without needing to brush in circular motions. Spend a couple of seconds on each tooth before moving on to the next tooth.
How often should you change your toothbrush?
We recommend that patients replace their toothbrush or brush head (if they have an electric toothbrush) every three to four months. Replacing the brush can prevent bacteria buildup on the bristles and also keeps the bristles in shape. Over time, the bristles can wear down and become less effective.
How do vitamins and minerals affect teeth?
Calcium helps strengthen bones, teeth included. Vitamin D, magnesium, and phosphorus also help absorb calcium. Teeth contain keratin, which is a protein made up of Vitamin A. Vitamin A also helps prevent damage to the enamel. Taking supplements and eating fruits, vegetables, and dairy products containing these vitamins and minerals can help your physical and oral health.
What are the best foods for your oral health?
Leafy greens like lettuce, kale, and spinach which also contain fiber help keep the teeth clean. Fibrous foods help with saliva production and help prevent problems like dry mouth and gum disease. Dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt also contain calcium and other minerals that help keep teeth strong.
How can I improve my oral health?
There are several things you can do to improve your oral health:
- Brush twice a day for two minutes each time
- Floss at least once a day
- Remember to brush your tongue
- Limit sugar and coffee intake
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Stop smoking, vaping, and using tobacco products
Do you need a new dentist? Call AH Smiles for (847) 230-9703. You can also request a dental appointment with our team online. We look forward to seeing you at your next dental visit and welcome any more questions about dental care.