It’s never too late to improve your health. That goes for oral hygiene, too. With proper oral care, you can reverse the signs of tooth decay, whiten teeth, and preserve your teeth for a lifetime. Here are 5 tips for better oral health.
1. Cut Out Bad Habits
If you smoke or use tobacco products, now is the time to quit. Use of tobacco products can cause stains on teeth, bad breath, and certain kinds of cancers. It’s not worth the risk. Quit now. Ask us if you need help. Another bad habit to cut down is sugar consumption. Sugar combines with bacteria in your mouth to create plaque and tartar. This leads to tooth decay and gingivitis. Be sure to keep your sugar consumption to a minimum.
2. Brush Twice Daily for Two Minute Sessions
Many people rush through brushing each day on their way to work or school. We know you’re busy, but that’s no excuse when it comes to your dental routine. Brushing less than two minutes each time isn’t adequate. Set a timer if you forget. Most electric toothbrushes will automatically turn off after two minutes.
3. Floss Every Day
We know this is a lot of patients’ favorite step to skip. Flossing teeth is the only way to get to those in between areas of your teeth where food particles lurk and can cause damage. Be sure to floss every day with string floss to keep your teeth healthy for life.
4. See Your Dentist
Skipping a dental appointment means that your teeth aren’t being adequately cleaned twice a year, which is the recommended amount. At your routine checkup, we’ll do a thorough examination to make sure there are no dental problems that need to be addressed. We’ll also clean and polish your teeth. Who doesn’t want polished teeth and a beautiful smile?
5. Drink Plenty of Water
Water acts as a mouthwash, cleaning out food debris and keeping the mouth moist and clear. Drinking enough water isn’t just good for your oral health, it’s great for digestion, skin, and energy. Drink 64 ounces a day.
Questions? We Have Answers
We hope your fall is off to a good start and that you’re practicing good habits. Let us know if you have any questions about how to improve your oral health at your next appointment!