Good Dental Care habits
Maintaining optimal oral health is much more than just a beautiful smile. Don’t get us wrong; of course, a radiant smile is attractive and always a good thing to have. But most importantly, remember your dental health influences all aspects of your health, well-being, and quality of life.
Today we will talk about the importance of maintaining good dental care habits throughout your lifetime. Embracing these habits helps keep your teeth and gums healthy.
This blog post is not intended to replace professional dental care; in fact, there is simply no substitute for the personalized Dental Care that you receive from a skilled dentist.
Ten Dental Tips you all need to embrace.
- Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
Brush your teeth twice a day using either a soft-bristled manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. If you are using a manual toothbrush, gently brush your teeth in small circular movements. Spend at least 2 minutes each time you brush your teeth.
Brushing helps prevent plaque buildup, tooth decay, and tooth erosion. If you feel that you need guidance or want to check out your tooth brushing technique, be sure to call us for guidance.
2. Floss Every Day
Everybody knows they should floss their teeth, but many people fail to make it a daily habit. It is essential to be aware that flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. Even if you diligently clean, there are spaces between your teeth and below the gum line that your toothbrush cannot effectively reach.
- 3. Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
Thriftiness is an admirable quality, but you don’t want to let it get in the way of your dental health. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when it starts to show wear.
- 4. Don’t Neglect Your Tongue
When you brush your teeth, also remember to brush your tongue. This helps keep your breath fresh, and it also helps prevent the buildup of unhealthy bacteria that can negatively impact your oral health.
- 5. Consider Using a Mouthwash
Consider using mouthwash to help clean hard-to-reach areas and to help fight bacteria and plaque buildup. Talk with your dentist about whether mouthwash is appropriate for you.
- 6. Be gentle With Your Teeth
Never use your teeth for anything other than eating. Avoid biting overly hard objects like ice or shelled nuts.
If you play contact sports or action sports, consider wearing a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth from damage. If you grind your teeth, also consider wearing a nightguard while you sleep.
7. Sip Still Water throughout the Day
Dry mouth can contribute to tooth decay and other oral health issues. Sipping water during the day helps keep your mouth moist.
Drinking plain water helps dilute any sugars and acids that are in your mouth from between-meal snacks. Be sure to avoid or minimize acidic drinks
- 8. Limit Sugary Foods
No doubt you have heard that sugar is bad for your teeth. Sugar converts into acid in your mouth and that acid erodes your tooth enamel and eventually may cause cavities.
Limit your consumption of sweet sugary and acidic foods. Ideally, only eat these foods during a meal shortly before you brush your teeth.
- 9. Eat Vegetables and Some Fruit
Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and some fruit. Crunchy vegetables and fruit contain fibers, and fibers help clean your teeth. So if you need a between-meal snack, consider carrot sticks. Be aware that fruits also contain sugar, in moderation crunchy, high fiber fruit like apples offers more benefits than disadvantages. However, moderation is the key.
- See Your Dentist as Recommended
Don’t neglect or skip your regularly scheduled dental appointments for maintaining good dental care habits. It is important for your dentist to monitor any changes to your dental health, such as changes in tooth alignment, gum health, or new cavities. Early diagnosis leads to earlier and more effective treatment.
Professional dental cleaning is an underrated tool for good oral health. Not only do your teeth feel smooth after a cleaning, but your dental professional also removes tartar that brushing cannot remove. This is also a good time to check in about your brushing and flossing technique and ask any questions you may have about oral hygiene. Your dentist or hygienist might teach you better techniques for taking care of your teeth and maintaining good dental care habits.
Here at Smile Avenue Specialist Dental Center, we feel privileged to serve you all. If you need to see a dentist and have the privilege to be walked through all your dental needs, be sure to call us today or visit us.