Keep a Dental Health Checklist

Posted on: February 12, 2018

Dental HealthThe health of your mouth connects to your overall health. If you slack on oral health care, the bacteria that forms from the plaque on the teeth will get into the bloodstream. The plaque in the bloodstream may spur blood clots that can cause cardiovascular problems like a heart attack. This nightmare scenario is preventable with proactive dental care.

Do yourself a favor and go through the blog below for more information about preventing dental diseases. Without further adieu, here is a look at some of the most important factors involved in dental health that should be on your checklist.

Important Items for a Dental Health Checklist

Dental Health Checklist to Prevent Periodontal Disease

If there is blood coming out of the gums after flossing or brushing, then the individual might have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a nasty gum infection resulting from bacteria buildup near tooth tissue. If one does not seek treatment for this issue as soon as possible, then one increases the ability for tooth loss.

Chronic inflammation from periodontal disease is the main connection between dental health and heart disease. Here is a checklist for periodontal disease:

  • Perform daily oral health care including flossing and brushing

  • Visit your dentist every six months for check-ups and in-depth cleanings

  • Eat a diet full of healthy foods with diverse colors and nutrients

  • Children should have fluoride treatments with the dentist at an early age

  • Rinse with mouthwash after you floss and brush your teeth each night

General Dental Health Checklist

There are multiple general oral health techniques aside from the tips outlined above. Abide by the advice set forth below and there will be a higher chance of avoiding cavities, gum disease and additional oral health problems.  Here is a look at what should be on every patient’s general dental health checklist:

  • Brush your teeth a minimum of two times each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated, anti-cavity toothpaste

  • Floss between teeth and the gum line at minimum of once each day.  This is especially important following dinner and prior to hitting the hay

  • Replace your toothbrush every couple of months so bacteria do not have the chance to build up and invade the mouth

  • Brush your teeth for two full minutes each brushing session, making sure to reach the teeth from every angle: front, side, top-down and back so the entire chewing surface is thoroughly cleaned

  • Use a tongue scraper or a toothbrush to clean your tongue after brushing your teeth

  • Gargle with mouth rinse prior to going to bed

  • Stop consuming sugar-laden foods as they have a terrible impact on dental health as well as overall biological health

  • Clean the entirety of your mouth when brushing.  This includes your gum line, the roof of your mouth, your tongue, the interior of your cheeks and all tooth surfaces

  • If you notice any signs of potential oral health problems, reach out to your dentist right away for a professional analysis of your mouth

For more information or to schedule an appointment with us, call (734) 415-9336. Our dental office is located in Canton. Call Contemporary Dentistry and Implantology PC today.

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