Both men and women need to take care of their dental health. Unfortunately, surveys from the American Dental Association (ADA) show that men are less likely than women to visit the dentist regularly. One of the largest surveys found that 58.8% of men had a dental visit within the past year, compared to 66.7% of women.
In light of Men’s health awareness month, our dentist wants to provide our clients with several tips they can utilize to improve their dental health routine.
- Brush your teeth twice a day: Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brushing removes plaque, bacteria, and food particles, preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
- Floss daily: Flossing is crucial for removing plaque and debris from between your teeth and along the gumline. Make it a habit to floss at least once a day to maintain healthy gums and prevent cavities.
- Use mouthwash: Rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash after brushing and flossing. Mouthwash helps kill bacteria, freshens breath, and reaches areas that brushing and flossing may have missed.
- Eat a balanced diet: A nutritious diet plays a vital role in dental health. Limit sugary and acidic foods and beverages as they can contribute to tooth decay. Instead, opt for a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help rinse away food particles and maintain saliva production.
- Limit tobacco and alcohol use: Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause oral health problems, including gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth loss. Similarly, excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of oral cancer. Minimize or quit tobacco use and consume alcohol in moderation for better oral health.
- Protect your teeth during sports: If you participate in sports or other recreational activities, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth from injuries. Mouthguards cushion impact and reduce the risk of chipped or knocked-out teeth.
- Schedule regular dental check-ups: Don't skip your routine dental appointments. Regular check-ups allow your dentist to detect and address any oral health issues early on. They can also provide professional cleanings to remove stubborn plaque and tartar.
- Manage stress: Chronic stress can contribute to teeth grinding (bruxism), jaw pain, and other oral health problems. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as exercise, meditation, or engaging in hobbies you enjoy.
Remember, maintaining a consistent dental health routine is essential for long-term oral health. By adopting these habits, you can improve your dental health and reduce the risk of dental problems.
If you’re ready to schedule your next dental check-up, please reach out to our practice, Excellence in Dentistry, today.