Top 5 Tips For Good Oral Hygiene & Good Dental Health | Icpa Health

Top 5 Tips for Good Oral Hygiene & Good Dental Health | ICPA Health


Your oral health plays a vital role in your overall well-being. A healthy mouth not only ensures a confident smile but also contributes to your overall health. To help you achieve and maintain excellent oral health, we've compiled the top five recommendations that go beyond just brushing and flossing. Follow these tips to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top condition and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile. 

Avoid sugary stuff 

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), or sugary drinks, are a major source of added sugars in the diet. Their consumption is on the rise worldwide. Research has shown that SSBs can harm your dental and overall health. They cause dental caries (tooth cavities) and are linked with weight gain, obesity, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, and cancers. Therefore, the first recommendation for good oral health is to avoid SSBs. 

The right brushing habits 

It would be best if you controlled the germs (dental plaque) present on the tooth surfaces by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice daily. Brushing for two minutes has been shown to help people achieve significant plaque removal. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and a flexible neck. Avoid hard bristled toothbrushes that are known to damage your tooth surfaces. Learn the correct brushing technique by visiting your dentist. 

Spaces between teeth and fillings 

The spaces between your teeth, dental fillings, crowns, and bridges need more attention. These spaces run a higher risk of dental problems because regular toothbrushes do not reach them easily. Learn from your dentist how to use dental floss or interdental brushes to clean these areas. 

Orthodontic check for kids 

Children should have their first orthodontic check-up done by age 7. Children usually have a mix of milk and permanent teeth at this age, making it the best time for an orthodontist to detect malpositioned teeth early, preventing future dental problems. Early detection minimizes the duration and the cost of orthodontic treatment. 

Dental sealants and Fluoride treatments 

Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars). They create a barrier that helps prevent food particles and bacteria from settling into the crevices of your teeth, reducing the risk of cavities. Sealants are especially beneficial for children and teenagers. 

Fluoride treatments are another preventive measure that can strengthen your teeth and make them more resistant to decay. Your dentist may recommend fluoride varnish or a fluoride mouth rinse during your regular check-ups. 

Additionally, be mindful of habits like teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism) and using your teeth to open packages or bite on hard objects. These actions can lead to tooth damage and wear. If you suspect you have bruxism, discuss it with your dentist to explore treatment options like a custom-fitted nightguard. 

In conclusion, maintaining good oral hygiene and enjoying excellent oral health involves a combination of daily care, a balanced diet, regular dental visits, preventive treatments, and avoiding harmful habits. By following these top five recommendations, you can set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles and overall well-being. Prioritize your oral health, and reap the benefits of a confident and radiant smile.