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Understanding the Components of an Oral Health Personal Care Plan

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It is important to maintain your oral health and a major part of this is your responsibility. While your oral health will be monitored during check-ups, you need to ensure that you take care of your teeth and gums by regular flossing and brushing.

An essential part

Of an effective oral health personal care plan is going for routine dental check-ups. You can research dental clinics near you to get an idea of the services they offer along with quality of facility to make an appointment . A thorough examination will be carried out during the check-up which will allow the dental health professional to understand the health of your teeth and gums. They will also check other oral structures. Any issues can be detected at an early stage as a result of this so that further complications can be avoided. There are professional cleanings included in a dental check-up as there will be hard to reach areas of your mouth when you are brushing or flossing at home. By removing plaque and tartar, your risk of developing cavities will be significantly reduced. This will also help bring down the risk for gum disease. You can ensure the longevity of your beautiful smile when you keep up with regular dental check-ups and carry out the advice provided by dental professionals.

There are at home oral health and hygiene practices you need to maintain;

The main components of this being brushing and flossing which can help remove food particles and plaque from teeth and gums. You should also use fluoride toothpaste to brush. It is best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush as this will help minimise the force with which people can brush their teeth. You need to clean between teeth through flossing. Flossing is something that is overlooked by many people but there are areas that a toothbrush will not be able to reach such as along the gum line and between teeth. These simple habits are the foundation to maintaining good oral health.

However, there are certain things you can do in addition to brushing and flossing.

You have to take a look at your lifestyle and consider how this is affecting your oral health. This is something you can discuss with our dentist. They can provide you some recommendations on nutrient rich food that can improve your oral health. There are also certain habits that you will need to reduce such as not consuming a lot of sugar, alcohol and smoking. You need to stay hydrated throughout the day as this will also help wash away any food particles, acids or bacteria in the mouth. There are so many different oral care products on the market which can be very overwhelming. The dental hygienist or the dentist can help recommend products that are best for your teeth considering your specific needs. You will be able to choose the right toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash and floss this way. Also, there can be certain risk factors that apply to you such as medical conditions, genetics, lifestyle choices etc. A risk assessment will be carried out to understand these factors and how they affect your oral health.

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