World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is on March 20th. What better time to assess your dental health habits? The FDI World Dental Federation founded WOHD in 2013 as a way to encourage the public to “Live Mouth Smart.”
Our Top 7 Tips for Living Mouth Smart
To help our patients keep their smiles healthy, Panorama Dental has created tips for maintaining optimal oral health.
1. Don’t Smoke
As if smokers didn’t have enough to worry about, they are at a higher risk for a long list of dental complications. These include bad breath, oral cancer, bone loss, and gum disease.
2. Visit the Dentist Twice a Year
Your regular check-ups are crucial to your oral health. It’s important to keep a close eye on your smile to catch any trouble that may be brewing. The best brushers and flossers among us miss areas, and once plaque hardens into tartar, brushing at home won’t work anymore—you’ll need a professional cleaning.
3. Brush and Floss Every Day
In between professional dental cleanings, flossing once a day and brushing twice a day is a sure-fire way to maintain the health of your smile.
4. Reduce Sugar Consumption
Decay is caused by bacteria in your mouth, and by consuming sugary foods and drinks, you are helping the bacteria to thrive. Nixing a sugary habit will go a long way toward preventing tooth decay.
5. Protect Teeth During Sports
Keep your pearly whites safe when you’re taking part in intense activities. Take particular care during sports that involve blows to the head, falling, and/or flying equipment.
6. Instill Habits in Children as Soon as Possible
You’re never too young to learn the value of a healthy smile. In fact, the younger the better! Check out our recent post for National Children’s Dental Health Month.
7. Use Fluoride Safely
Fluoride is a mineral that can strengthen your enamel, protecting you against decay. Keeping an eye on fluoride intake is especially beneficial during the first six years of life. Careful, though, too much can be a bad thing. Your dentist will be able to keep you informed on the proper amount of fluoride for you and your children.
A Healthy Smile Lasts a Lifetime
March 20th may be one day, but don’t stop prioritizing your oral health on March 21st! With proper care, your pearly whites will stay healthy and in-tact for your entire life, so keep up the good work.