It’s important to understand that oral health, just like other facets of health out there, doesn’t have a single basic “silver bullet” that you can use in order to be healthy constantly. Where a lot of people go wrong is by thinking that just by regularly brushing or just by watching what they eat will they automatically be on the path to good oral health. In reality, there are several different things that you should consider when it comes to your teeth and mouth in general.
Anyone who wants to take care of their teeth needs to make sure that they see a dentist, especially for regular visits. There are some reasons why, but perhaps the biggest reason is the fact that they are going to notice precursors to certain oral health issues before you do. This could be more cosmetic, or more health-based, but whatever you do, it’s going to be a lot easier, and probably less expensive, the sooner you act. Seeing a dentist on a regular basis is how to make this happen.
Another important thing about dentists is that while we have a lot of conventional wisdom, a lot of the time, we may fall subject to myths and misconceptions. By seeing a good dentist, you’ll be able to get the proper information you need to put into action.
For example, take a look at the Total Dentistry website. According to the Cincinnati-based Christopher Omeltschenko, D.D.S, “The funny thing about dentists is we are constantly working to put ourselves out of business. You may think that a ridiculous statement, but think about it, we are always trying to tell people how to avoid dental problems (Brush and floss!Avoid sugar!Get your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months!) And of course, if people avoided needing dental work, well, we would need a lot less dentists around.”
He also points out three main factors that tend to contribute to these issues.
- Cavities: which stem from poor oral hygiene and excessive sugar intake.
- Gum Disease: these stem from not brushing and flossing as well as not having regular professional dental cleanings to remove tartar.
- Trauma: This, you have less control over, but it can still be caused by injury from sports, accidents, etc.
You may see a lot of different things that a dentist will treat as far as conditions go, but generally, dental problems are a lot of smaller issues becoming bigger ones, and these three problems are most likely to be the causes. Omeltschenko combines both points that we’re talking about here. A combination of being able to act quickly, properly, and ahead of time is the best way to keep healthy teeth.
Of course, it bears mentioning that a dentist’s advice is only going to go as far as you take it. This means that when they make suggestions, you want to make sure that you follow them. This includes some of the more obvious things, like regular brushing or flossing, but there are a few other things worth considering as well.
For example, you don’t want to neglect your gums or your tongue when it comes to brushing. Gums can amass bacteria and plaque just like the teeth, and if left unchecked, they can lead to discomfort and bleeding, and even worse situations for a long period time. The stakes for brushing your tongue aren’t nearly as high, but you’ll probably going to still want to do it, as it helps a lot for keeping your breath fresh.
Between those two items, you’re already doing a good job of oral upkeep, but you may want to do more. A good way to make this happen is by introducing natural oral care into the fold. There are a lot of different options here, but we’ll cover a few standouts.
If you have soreness in your mouth, you may want to apply clove oil or create a clove mouthwash. There are natural compounds here that can numb the area while fighting off bacteria. If you want, you can even take this a step further and create natural toothpaste. While you’re eating a good, balanced diet, make sure you also get some sun, as vitamin D is an important component of oral health.
Of course, ideally, you’re going to want to bring up natural products like these to your dentist, doctor, or other medical professionals beforehand. They will be able to both steer you towards the best options and make sure that you’re picking something that fits your health situation.