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Each and every day is an opportunity to maintain and improve your dental health and hygiene. Big improvements can made in a short period of time when you take action and start following a better routine and regimen for your teeth and your overall dental health.

It's a multi-step program though that includes several important tasks, including one you're almost surely not doing right now -- even if you otherwise consider yourself on top of your dental hygiene!A woman brushing her teeth

1. Brushing - The health of your teeth certainly begins with brushing, although it doesn't end there, as you'll see below. Still, brushing at least twice per day is a crucial element of your dental health, and it shouldn't be overlooked. In fact, it's actually recommended that you brush three times per day. Don't forget to cover all of the surfaces and sides of all of your teeth. Keep in mind that effective, thorough brushing should take between two and three minutes.

2. Flossing - Do you know why most patients hate it when the dentists clean and floss their teeth? It's because they don't regularly floss at home! When flossing is a regular part of your dental routine, pain, bleeding and irritation from the process will be quickly eliminated. Meanwhile, you'll be amazed at how much healthier your teeth and gums will be, and how much hidden plaque and debris you remove from in between your teeth each day.

3. Mouthwash - Most people these days understand how important mouthwash can be for your dental hygiene. Even with thorough brushing and flossing, there are places you simply can't get to, surfaces too small or too far removed, and more. Using a  is a great way to round out your game plan for dental hygiene. It's important to use a product such as Listerine, for instance, as opposed to a mouthwash which is purely "cosmetic" -- meaning it just addresses fresh breath without killing bacteria and germs.

4. Brush Your Tongue - Here's the hidden step that you probably aren't currently doing, even if you regularly practice steps 1-3 above. Brushing your tongue as you brush your teeth will remove trapped bacteria from the surface of your gum, along with other germs, and will also markedly freshen your breath, an added bonus of course. There are also special tongue scrapers you can purchase, and many tooth brushes today come with specially designed surfaces which are effective for tongue brushing.

Brush, floss, mouthwash, and brush your tongue, and you'll be displaying tip-top dental health and hygiene in no time at all.

 

 


Many of our patients have an attitude of "what's the worst that could happen" when it comes to oral health and hygiene. The worst they envision is maybe a cavity or two. However, that's a great misconception, and untreated oral health issues can quickly become serious total health and wellness problems, including life-threatening conditions.

Preventative Dental CareProactive care is the key to maintaining proper health, and this is true for oral hygiene, as well as the rest of your body. If you go to the doctor for routine checkups, why wouldn't you go to your semi-annual dentist appointments for cleanup, care and maintenance?

At Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are firm believers that prevention is the key to success and health. This includes education about potential dangers and conditions, as well as a proper treatment plan, at-home health strategy for maintenance, and more.

For example, sleep apnea is something that millions of Americans are battling, although many others aren't even fully aware of it. The problem can cause a myriad range of negative health effects, and we aren't just talking about snoring. There are dangers of sleep apnea that can be life-threatening, such as high blood pressure, obesity, hormone disruption, and increased risk of strokes or heart attack.

Unfortunately, this is something that I was personally affected by and reminded of recently. One of my best friend's husbands had a stroke, and thankfully, his recovery is expected to be 100%.

However, the stroke likely could have been prevented. He had blood pressure which ranged from 160/100 to 180/120, which falls between moderate and severely high blood pressure. This could have been proactively treated in various ways, including proper oral health, and the elimination of sleep apnea, which he exhibited problems of for years as he routinely would get less than 5 hours of sleep per night.

It's also a reminder to be aware of serious health concerns when you see them, so that swift, emergency treatment can be provided. In the case of strokes, look out for fast face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. It's a time critical issue, and the sooner help arrives, the greater the chance for effective and successful treatment.

But before that emergency occurs, be sure to take every step you can to live a healthy lifestyle. That includes prevention and regular trips to the dentist, to help spot and treat serious oral health issues which can turn into life-threatening conditions.

Make a dental appointment online or by calling us at 410.531.5639 to schedule your proactive, preventative visit.