Dental health is one part of our overall health we have a major part to play in.

That’s because most of the maintenance of our teeth comes down to what we do every single day of our lives. With sustained effort, anybody can have healthy teeth.

But not everybody takes the steps needed to foster positive habits. That, in large part, is why we have dentists!

Yet even the healthiest of mouths needs to be checked out once in a while by a professional. Sometimes no matter what you do you’ll develop cavities or experience some kind of tooth pain. That’s why we’re here to help.

Still, with adherence to several generally-accepted habits, you can find your way on the path to great dental health and better overall health.

Read below five basic habits you can follow to have better dental health. Leave a comment if you have another great suggestion for everyone!

Brush and Floss

This part should be obvious.

The different from brushing and flossing daily and neglecting to do so is monumental to good dental health. After each meal, pieces of food and elements that stick to and stain teeth are left behind. Often, brushing and flossing are the only ways you can remove debris in the mouth before it turns into bacteria-caused plaque.

Dentists can recommend proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques, as well as products that you may need to use for your particular dental needs.

Drink Water

That’s right! The basic building block of life is also a basic part of a healthy dental regimen.

Drinking water helps to wash out debris left behind, and keeps you hydrated. Good hydration leads to better saliva production, which in turn keeps your mouth clean. A good supply of saliva helps kill bad bacteria and clean the debris from your mouth. 

Eat Healthy

Eating healthy is an important way to keep your dental health in tip top shape.

Avoiding sugary foods and drinks is essential to keeping your mouth healthy. Sugar breaks down enamel, and fats can cause bacteria in the mouth quickly if left unattended.

Vegetables are great foods to help keep your mouth clean. Eating healthy foods, coupled with a proper teeth cleaning regimen, will help keep your dental health in good standing.

Get Checkups

Regular checkups and teeth cleanings are an integral part of good dental health.

That’s because the cleaning a dentist or dental hygienist can do is leagues and bounds beyond what you’re capable at home. With proper tools, you can expect a complete, comprehensive, and holistic cleaning that will actually leave your mouth feeling fresh.

It is suggested that you have your teeth cleaned once every six months. This will also allow dentists to identify issues with your particular dental health before they become major pains in the mouth – pun intended!

Take Care of Issues Quickly

Whether it’s cavity, a broken tooth, or something else, take care of issues as soon as possible.

The rot from dead teeth can spread to the rest of your mouth. Gingivitis is caused by prolonged bacteria buildup, often caused by an unclean mouth. Either way, these issues need to be attacked head on, and in good time.

Not doing so can lead to even bigger health issues. Long-lasting tooth infections can spread to the brain, leading that simple tooth pain to become in some cases a life-threatening illness.

So in short, make sure you deal with dental issues as soon as you possibly can. The rest of your health may depend on it!