How to Protect Your Oral Health

How to Protect Your Oral Health

by Yenny (SU)

Taking care of your oral health should not start only when issues manifest themselves. Healthy teeth and gums should not be taken for granted. Your physical comfort of eating and a beautiful, genuine smile require healthy oral care. 

While most oral issues have remedies, you should practice proper oral care and other preventive habits to stop issues from developing in the first place. Dentists and oral care experts approve and recommend the following: 

Learn the Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth

Learning the proper way to brush your teeth includes knowing the right type of toothbrush to use, the way of brushing, how long to brush, and the number of times you should brush your teeth per day.

A good brushing routine is more than just a simple brush, gargle, and spit routine. There are guidelines when it comes to toothbrushing. Do not rush when you brush. There is a high chance that rushing will not do anything to get rid of food debris between your teeth. Make sure to take two minutes out of your day to brush thoroughly.

Aim the toothbrush bristles at a 45 degree angle to ensure your brush reaches all corners of your teeth and can clean them adequately. Make gentle back-and-forth movements in a circular motion. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and the inner side of the teeth.

Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and change it once every three months. You may also opt for an electric brush that helps prevent plaque buildup and gum disease (gingivitis). 

Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day to ensure you remove food particles before they create problems in your mouth.


Not all food debris is eliminated by simple toothbrushing – no matter how long you do it. Bristles do not reach some bacteria, especially in the tightest spaces between the teeth. Flossing is one of the major requirements for a healthy set of teeth and gums because it reaches into places that brushing simply can’t.

Using at least 18 inches of a good dental floss, gently pass it between teeth in an up and down motion. You should floss at least one time on a daily basis. 

Watch Out for Your Sugar Intake

Processed foods, bottled drinks, and sweet treats contain a lot of sugar and are one of the major driving factors of tooth decay in both adults and children. Sugars can sit on the gums and teeth and erode tooth enamel. They also speed up cavity formation. 

Regularly Have Your Oral Health Assessed

Just because your teeth look healthy and show no signs of issues does not mean that your oral health is doing fine. It is still essential that a dentist check your teeth regularly to see if any underling issues need to be addressed to avoid further complications. This is why you should see a dentist every 6 months at a minimum to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy.

Dental Care in Eugene, Oregon

The secret to a beautiful and healthy smile starts with good oral hygiene. Addressing oral diseases and issues is much more costly (and painful) than preventing them. The dental experts at 360 Dental are happy to help you maintain your oral health. Call us at (541) 689-1645 to make an appointment or request an appointment online now!