You can have the most beautiful looking smile, but if the health of your teeth is deteriorating on the inside it’s only a matter of time before the outside looks unhealthy, too. Whether you currently have dental issues or a smile all your friends envy, it’s always a good idea to maintain healthy dental habits.
There are many ways to help your teeth stay strong and healthy for years to come. Why shouldn’t you have the best of both worlds? You can have the smile of your dreams and the confidence in knowing that it will stay that way!
7 Simple Ways to Brush Up on Your Oral Hygiene
1. It’s all about the brush
Make sure you are using the toothbrush that is right for your teeth. Your dentist may recommend soft bristles or an electric toothbrush. If you haven’t already, ask your dentist what toothbrush is right for your dental needs.
2. Floss at least once a day
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again, don’t forget to floss! The toothbrush can only do so much. Hidden in between your teeth is food that not even the most expensive toothbrush can get to.
3. Don’t skip the cleanings
Life gets hectic and sometimes the dental visits get pushed back due to necessity. The truth is, if you skip your cleanings it could lead to more issues which may mean more visits. When it comes to dental care, it’s best to be proactive.
4. You are what you eat (and drink)!
Try not to overdue liquids that can deplete the body of calcium; which is good for your teeth, and can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, like soda and sugar-rich juices. Coffee and other drinks can also make your teeth look discolored or dull. If you consume these beverages, try to brush after. Doing this can help out tremendously. According to The American Dental Association, eating vitamin-rich foods and foods that contain calcium can help keep tooth enamel strong and healthy.
5. Use mouthwash in combination with brushing and flossing
A good fluoride-based mouthwash can help eliminate bacteria in your mouth. It can also assist in removing food from in between teeth and can help remedy bad breath. Don’t skip the other two steps, please!
6. Don’t ignore pain
If you feel pain or anything out of the norm, call your dentist or orthodontist as soon as possible. It’s best not to let the problem get worse.
7. Brush and floss properly
You might be surprised how many people are not brushing and flossing their teeth in the most effective, recommended way. Ask your dentist for a demonstration to refresh your memory and to make sure you and your family members are doing it properly. Remember to brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and don’t forget the tongue.
With these seven easy steps, you’re more likely to have and maintain a healthy smile. Remember to take it one day at a time. Start new habits slowly; like flossing once a day, and work yourself up to the best practices. Good luck and here’s to having and keeping the gorgeous smile you’ve always wanted!