Do you love visiting the dentist? Well, we hope so, because we love seeing you at least twice a year!
This fall, we want to remind you that your best and most important dental health care practices begin at home. A few minutes in the morning and a few minutes at night is all it takes to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy. Additionally, here are seven suggestions to help you maintain a healthy mouth in-between your dental visits:
- Choose to eat healthy. That there are foods that keep your teeth healthy. Lean protein, mozzarella cheese, yogurt, and peanuts are particularly good for your teeth. Keep them around for easy snacking.
- Just say NO to sugar. Hard candies and soda are the worst foods for your teeth, because they cause sugar to hang around – making your teeth susceptible to cavities. Brush as soon as possible after eating or drinking sugary foods.
- Don’t smoke. If you are a smoker, try to quit or at least cut back. You already know that smoking can cause cancer, including oral cancer, but it can also stain your teeth.
- Get a new brush. Toothbrushes are only effective for about three months, and if you get sick, get a new one immediately. Consider stocking up on your favorite toothbrush to make the transition easier.
- Brush every day x two. This is the best and most important dental habit you should maintain. Brush your pearly-whites twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
- Floss every day. This is a tough habit for many people, but it is essential to maintain complete dental health. Brushing cannot reach every tooth surface. Flossing cleans between your teeth. Don’t worry if your gums bleed just a bit when you start flossing regularly. Flossing strengthens your gums as it cleans your teeth.
- Rinse. Rinsing with mouthwash (hint: it doesn’t have to be every day) can help wash away the lingering bacteria in your mouth. Mouthwash also leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean. But remember to use a mouthwash without alcohol. Why? Because bacteria and germs love and feed on the sugar found in alcohol.
We are here to help you with your dental needs and questions. Call us, today: (561) 627-9000.