5 Oral Health Tips to Impress Your Dentist
Feeling confident in your oral health goes a long way when it comes to being comfortable in the dentist chair. Aim to have strong teeth and healthy gums at your next dental visit with these five tips.
- Cut down on sugar
- Stock up on foods that are good for your oral health
- Perfect your brushing routine
- Finally make flossing a habit
- Clean your tongue
Sugar feeds the bacteria that exists in your mouth, wreaking havoc on your teeth. By cutting down on sugar, you’ll put yourself at a lower risk for cavities, bad breath, teeth discoloration, and gum disease. By your next checkup, not only will we notice a healthier mouth, but you’ll feel an improvement in your overall body wellness. Those who limit their consumption of sugar report benefits like improved skin, weight loss, increased energy, and much more.
Sugary foods increase your likelihood of dental issues, but did you know there are many foods that actually promote strong and healthy teeth? For example, crunchy apples, celery, and carrots help to clean your teeth and increase saliva production, and milk, cheese, yogurt, and almonds strengthen your teeth against damage and decay. Swapping sugary sweets for these foods will contribute to major improvements in your oral health, in conjunction with daily oral hygiene.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes each time using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste. Brush gently and meticulously brush every surface of each tooth. Consider investing in an electric toothbrush, which can help you clean those hard-to-reach areas better than a manual toothbrush. Moreover, remember to replace your toothbrush (or electric toothbrush head) every three to four months and after you’ve been sick.
Although flossing helps clean out the bacteria and food particles under your gumline and from between your teeth that just can’t be reached with a toothbrush, it’s regularly skipped in many oral care routines. Are you one of the many Americans who dreads the moment in their cleaning when the hygienist asks, “How often do you floss?” A 2015 study by the American Academy of Periodontology found that more than a quarter of Americans lie when asked how often they floss. Lying won’t impress us, but healthy gums from daily flossing certainly will!
Lastly, don’t only give your teeth all the love; be sure to use a toothbrush or a tongue scraper to give your tongue daily attention! A clean tongue will leave your mouth feeling extra fresh and will help prevent bad breath.
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Follow these tips for outstanding oral health, and make sure your next cleaning and checkup is on your calendar. Contact our Gentle Breeze Family Dental team today to set up an appointment at our office.Contact Us