Dental health is around 90 percent prevention and 10 percent intervention. A good barometer for your dental health is the number toothaches and unscheduled visits to your dentist’s office you make per year. As a rule, the fewer, the better.

This is as true for our patients here seeing a dentist in Kennewick, WA, as it is in the rest of the country, which is why we decided to give you an easy-to-read list of the dos and don’ts for a healthy mouth and how to avoid a pesky cavity.

The don’ts for optimal dental health and hygiene:

1.       Avoid hard or sticky candies. They tend to stay in your mouth longer, increasing the risk of tooth decay and a cavity.

2.       Don’t ignore your gums. Your gums are as important to your dental health as your teeth. Good gum hygiene and care are essential for good teeth and avoiding bad breath. Make sure to floss and don’t over brush.

3.       Avoid alcohol-based mouth rinse. Alcohol is known as an irritant for gums. Opt-in for alcohol-free mouth rinse or even salted water.

4.       Don’t brush your teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods or drinks. Drink water before brushing your teeth. If you don’t, the acidic nature of these drinks or foods combined with the pressure of the brush will create a combined effort to degrade the protective enamel of your teeth, which could lead to a cavity developing.

The dos of dental health:

1.       Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes each time.

2.       Brush after every meal to ensure no bacterial accumulation is in your mouth.

3.       Toothbrushes aren’t eternal. Change your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months.

4.       Tea is good for your teeth. In moderation, tea helps prevent plaque and is full of antioxidants that help ensure the health of your gums.

5.       Water helps clean your mouth. Drinking water regularly will help flush the mouth of bacteria.

Where are you on the oral health barometer ? If you’re not sure, we’d love to help you find out. Schedule an appointment with our dentist in Kennewick, WA, Dr. Andrew Mohlman, and learn more.