How to get more out of your oral-care routine
A healthy oral-health routine is all about balance, according to a new study.
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The American College of Oral Health (ACOH) conducted a survey of 5,000 people who had a baseline of symptoms from a previous health assessment, including dental caries, dental cariousness, oral irritation, tooth decay and gum disease.
They also collected information about their oral health, including the frequency of brushing and flossing, the use of dental sealants and other products, the quality of their teeth and the use and quality of toothpaste.
They concluded that oral health is about managing oral health.
Dr. Daniel E. Schumacher, the president of ACOH, said: “If you’re going to do a healthy oral health routine, you need to balance the amount of oral care you’re getting with the amount you’re spending on dental care.”
A healthy oral hygiene routine includes brushing and/or floss, using a toothbrush or other dental sealant, using fluoride toothpaste and using oral rehydration solutions such as water, gels and capsules.
The goal is to prevent plaque and gum problems that can lead to dental carying and dental cariobasal plaque.
“The more you take care of your teeth and your gums, the less plaque there is,” Dr. Schumpeter said.
“We think it’s important to maintain the overall balance that your teeth have.
This is a big one, but you can have as much tooth care as you need, and as much dental care as possible, so you don’t get a bad tooth.
If you don´t have enough tooth care, then you’re not going to be able to get the health benefits of the whole oral health program.”
Dr. Schubert added that it’s not only about tooth brushing, flossings and flushing, but also about toothpaste, which is important because the amount is not only linked to plaque but also to dental health.
He also recommended that people take the following steps: a) Take a daily toothbrush.
b) Get regular floss.
c) Get a dental sealer and flake.
d) Use fluoride toothpastes, which can be used in conjunction with other products.
e) Make sure your teeth are well groomed and clean and that they’re getting regular flushing.
f) Take preventive care.
g) Get dental sealers and flakes.
h) Follow a diet that is full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
i) Get enough water.
j) Use a fluoride toothbrush and flint for brushing.
k) Use an oral rehygienist.
l) If you have gum disease, get oral-therapy products.
m) Don’t use oral hygiene products that can cause caries and plaque.
Dr Schuber added that he was encouraged by the response to the survey.
“This was one of the few surveys that asked people about their personal dental care routines and did it with the intent to understand their own preferences,” he said.
“We were surprised by the level of response and how supportive people were to the idea of a healthy lifestyle.
There were many more people who were interested in dental health than in brushing their teeth.”
“The more people talk about this and try to figure out how to balance their health and dental care, the better.”
More information: The ACOH Athlete Health Study http://www.acoh.org/health/study/athlete_health_study.html American College of Osteopathic Dentists http/www.accodontists.org American Dental Association http:www.dental.org