World Oral Health Day: Top 4 things you need to know about your oral health

Dr. Jeffrey Sulitzer, Chief Clinical Officer of SmileDirectClub shares his Top 4 things you need to know about your oral health

1.      Most people know that brushing your teeth multiple times a day and flossing keeps your mouth clean, but it can also reduce chronic inflammation of the gums and support tooth structure to help prevent major chronic inflammatory disease.

2.      Cavities are actually a fairly common occurrence. According to the World Health Organization, almost all adults have had at least one dental cavity in their lifetime. I recommend using a fluoride-based toothpaste, which can reduce the chance of cavity and other oral diseases.

3.      Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months! To keep your toothbrush as clean as possible, make sure you rinse it well after use, then let it air dry. Don’t store your toothbrush in a small and enclosed space, it will produce more bacteria. Store it in a cup or toothbrush holder and avoid letting it touch other toothbrushes.

4.      It’s important to remember your oral health is linked to your overall general health. Be sure you’re keeping up with good oral health habits such as brushing after every meal and avoiding overly sugary and acidic foods and beverages. Evidence strongly suggests that oral bacteria may be linked to heart disease, arterial blockages, and stroke.