Oral Health Fitness
Like going to the gym to stay fit, maintaining good oral health and hygiene takes practice, disciple, and determination. Washboard abs, after all, don’t come after one or two visits to a local gym or a few minutes here and there on the treadmill.
Instead, it takes sticking to a routine. In the same way, healthy, disease-free teeth and gums don’t come by occasionally brushing when you feel like it. It takes a sustained effort over a long period. Like a fit body, healthy teeth and gums requires an investment in time, effort, and sometimes a little money.
Your Basic Oral Workout Routine
Brush Your Teeth (2x per day, 2 minutes, soft brush head, fluoridated toothpaste)
Brushing your teeth is a foundational routine that everyone and anyone that is serious about their oral health fitness should do. Brush your teeth twice per day with a soft brush head and using a fluoridated toothpaste.
Remember, like lifting too much weight at the gym and injuring yourself; it is possible to brush too much or too hard. Avoid damaging your gums by brushing gently.
Flossing and regular visits to Willow Pass Dental Care for checkups are also highly recommended, but brushing is the foundation for an effective dental hygiene routine.
Brushing your teeth is the cornerstone of a healthy dental hygiene routine. We have been taught, told, and exhorted to brush our teeth from the emergence of our very first tooth.
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Floss (1x per day, 2 minutes)
Flossing is like squatting - it’s essential but not enough people do it, and when done with the wrong technique or incorrect form, injuries are often the result. According to an ADA survey, only about 40 percent of Americans floss every day. This is a major problem since flossing is one of the only effective ways to remove plaque from in between teeth.
Visit Willow Pass Dental Care (1x every 6 months to 1 year)
Visit Willow Pass Dental Care at least once every six months to a year for a dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning. More importantly, routine visits to a Willow Pass Dental Care allow our dental professionals to examine your mouth and catch any potential problems early. Like personal trainers at the gym, our dentists and hygienists will provide you with useful advice on proper oral health fitness techniques.
Use Mouthwash (3x per week)
Mouthwash is a proven and effective way to temporarily eliminate bacteria from the oral cavity. It’s also easy to use and can reach areas of the mouth that may be difficult to reach with a toothbrush or piece of floss. However, mouthwash should not be relied upon exclusively for proper oral fitness. It is more of a complementary exercise designed to supplement your core routines.
Eat Healthy (every meal)
When it comes to a fit body, exercise is only half the battle. The other half is having the discipline and strength of mind to maintain a healthy diet. This is true for oral health fitness as well. What you eat plays a significant role in dictating the health of your teeth. Not only does food provide nutrition, but it also comes in direct contact with your teeth.
For a diet that complements your oral health fitness routine, try to avoid sugar at all costs. Sugar (Tasty Candy That's Good for Your Teeth -- No Kidding) fuels the growth and proliferation of destructive bacteria. Also be wary of highly acidic food and drinks, such as citrus juices, which can leach minerals out of your dental enamel in a process known as acid erosion.
Rinse & Repeat
Do these basic oral fitness practices, and you will see good results in no time.
The Advanced Oral Workout
For those who have mastered the basics of a healthy oral fitness routine, consider adding these more advanced techniques to your oral health workouts.
Try an Interdental Brush
Tired of flossing? Try using an interdental brush. Like a toothbrush, an interdental brush has bristles which can provide a better clean in between your teeth than a simple piece of string.
Scrape Your Tongue
The tongue is an often overlooked repository of plaque and food debris. Try taking a tongue scraper and using it to skim excess bacteria and leftover food scraps off of your tongue.
Massage Your Gums
Like a good massage for your muscles after an intense workout, gently massaging your gums with your fingertips also has health benefits as well. A thorough gum massage promotes blood flow to the gums and helps to stimulate them.
DR. REZA KHAZAIE