Passing On Healthy Dental Habits

Your teeth are often mirrors of how you take care of yourself in general. They will reflect how you care for your teeth, as well as what you eat, how much you eat, and if you smoke. When you open your mouth at a dentist’s office, your teeth are tell-tale signs of your good and bad habits. Much like all habits, they are formed when you are young. If you are not accustomed to caring for your teeth the right way, you will most likely form bad dental habits that will seem almost impossible to break. From when you are a child to late adulthood, it is important to maintain good practices for dental health. It is also important that if you know you don’t practice healthy dental habits, that you learn how to change your behavior and instruct your children to do the same.

Why Should You Care About Your Teeth?

Why is dental health important? As stated, your teeth reflect how you care for yourself. If you don’t care for yourself, you most likely have health issues. Teeth are associated with many of your ailments, so by judging the quality of your teeth, most dentists can determine the quality of your health. For example, some bacterial inflammation associated with gum disease has been linked with chronic health issues, such as stroke and coronary artery disease. If you want to maintain healthy dental practices, you should do the following:

    • Visit your dentist at least twice a year.
    • Brush your teeth at least three times a day.
    • Use fluoridated toothpaste.
    • Floss your pearly-whites daily!

In order to maintain nice teeth, you must also put more work into your diet. If you eat things that are sugary, fattening and hard on your teeth, regardless of how well you care for your teeth, it will show.