It’s one of the first things that people notice, it can brighten the mood, and everyone has one. What is it?
There are actually a lot of good reasons to smile. Everything from being more approachable to boosting your productivity. That’s why it’s important to take care of yours.
Your smile says a lot about you, and you want to keep yours as healthy and beautiful as possible. These 5 simple dental health tips will help.
1. Brush and Floss
This is not a new idea. We’ve all been told to brush and floss our teeth since we were toddlers. It’s time we start listening.
Brush at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride is the single best health advance made in oral health. It helps strengthen the enamel and reduces your risk of tooth decay.
Other brushing tips include:
- Use a smaller head to reach the back teeth
- Change your toothbrush 3 to 4 times a year
- Try an electric toothbrush to get a better cleaning
- Use special toothbrushes and tools to brush if you have braces or aligners
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue
And don’t forget flossing. Flossing prevents cavities from forming between the teeth. Floss at least once a day and use a gentle sawing motion.
2. Say No to Acid and Sugar
Watch what you put in your mouth. Drinks that have acid and sugar in them dissolve the tooth enamel causing more cavities.
These include soft drinks, fruit juice, tea, and coffee.
Sugary foods are also harmful to teeth. Suckers, taffy, and caramel are all treats that take a toll on your smile. Besides getting stuck in your teeth, these sugary treats turn into acid when broken down by the bacteria in your mouth.
Yep, the same acid that breaks down your teeth.
Instead, try eating a healthy, balanced diet. Recent studies show that omega fats from fish may reduce inflammation, reducing the risk of gum disease.
3. Rinse and Repeat
After eating a meal, if you aren’t able to brush your teeth, one helpful tip is to rinse your mouth with water. This will help remove any sugars and acid that are left in your mouth from eating.
You could also chew sugar-free gum. This will increase saliva and help neutralize the acid in your mouth.
But if you want to be really productive, get some mouthwash. Mouthwash is often overlooked, but it can really bring balance to your oral care. It reduces the amount of acid found in the mouth and reaches those hard to brush areas.
Throw a travel size mouthwash in your purse and you’re good to go.
4. Protect Your Teeth
If you really want a stand-out smile, you’ll need to protect your teeth from harm. Unless, you want that jack-o-lantern smile, of course.
Wear a mouthguard when playing sports. You can find these at sporting goods store or have a custom one made by your dentist. This way you know your smile will be protected no matter what activity you’re enjoying.
If you do happen to knock a tooth, hold the tooth in place and seek dental attention immediately.
Also, don’t use your teeth to open packages, crack nuts, cut string, or remove bottle caps. I know it’s tempting, especially when you can’t find the scissors, but it can chip and break your teeth.
5. Regular Checkups
Almost all dental problems can be avoided with regular checkups. By seeing a dentist every 6 months, they can look for small problem areas before they become big problems.
Signs they can look for are:
- Oral cancer
- Tooth grinding
- Gum disease
- Plaque build-up and decay
All these issues are treatable if found early enough. So don’t put off seeing the dentist.
Follow These Dental Health Tips
By following these simple dental health tips, you can be assured that you will have the best smile possible. Taking care of your teeth requires minimal effort, but the payout is great. So take the time to put your best smile forward.
If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you with all your dental needs.