Oral Health

Why is Oral Health Important?

Everyone knows that brushing and flossing are two major keys in maintaining excellent oral health, but other simple lifestyle changes can play a huge role as well. For example, many people only visit to the dentist when something might be wrong, but regular visits can actually prevent many aches and problems before they occur. At the office of Dr. Richard Goldberg, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to live a happy and healthy life. Below you’ll find ways to keep your teeth healthy and strong for years to come.

Quick Tips For Daily Preventative Care

Girl brushing her teeth.An important part of practicing good oral hygiene every day is to set a routine and stick to it. Lack of , Dental plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, two very troublesome but preventable conditions. Some quick and easy tips to get into the habit of caring for your teeth are:

  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Flossing daily, after you finish your last meal for the night.
  • Using mouthwash after brushing, for extra protection while you sleep and to keep your breath fresh.
  • Replacing your toothbrush every 3 months, or whenever the bristles get frayed.
  • Scheduling regular dental checkups and cleanings every 6 months.
  • Avoiding harmful habits, such as tobacco use.

Nutrition, Diet, And Timing

Fruit salad is a great choice for healthy, strong teeth.

Not only should you have a strong oral hygiene routine, but you also need to understand the importance of what you eat. Everything that you eat enters through the mouth, and gets chewed up by your teeth for digestion. For optimal oral health, avoid eating too many sugars, starches, and carbohydrates. Some healthy alternatives include:

  • Dairy Products such as cheese, yogurt, and milk.
  • Leafy Greens that are filled with folic acid.
  • Apples, Carrots, and Celery that help scrub teeth clean and keep bacteria at bay.
  • Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables. 

Another important tip for optimal oral health is to minimize snacking. When you eat balanced meals throughout the day and avoid snacking, you decrease your teeth’s exposure to harmful acids and eventual bacteria. The prolonged retention of sugar in the mouth can cause damage to your teeth, so it’s critical to take proactive steps to protect your teeth.

Visit Your Local Monroe Township Dentist!

At regular exams, Dr. Goldberg will check for any signs of oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral infections. He will professionally clean the hard-to-reach deposits from your teeth, and answer any questions you may have regarding your oral health and hygiene. If you’re ready to get started, contact our office at (732) 251-7722. We look forward to seeing you soon!