July 12, 2020
A healthy smile takes quite a bit of upkeeping, but by implementing a good oral health routine as well as avoiding certain bad habits, you will be maintaining your healthy smile in no time. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about what you should and shouldn’t be doing in order to keep your smile healthy and happy.
Brush Properly Everyday
You know that you’re supposed to be brushing twice a day, but many still tend to neglect nighttime brushing. Brushing before you go to bed is essential for removing germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day. However, if you aren’t using the right technique, it won’t do much when it comes to keeping your smile healthy. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and move it in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. This helps to prevent tartar and gingivitis.
Clean Your Tongue
Your teeth aren’t the only place that plaque builds up. Your tongue is another part of your mouth that can accumulate plaque, bacteria, and food debris. The best thing to do is to clean your tongue whenever you brush your teeth. Use either your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to remove anything that has built up on it.
When it comes to choosing a toothpaste, the most important thing to look for is fluoride. This natural mineral is a leading defense against tooth decay. In addition to providing a protective barrier for your teeth, it fights against germs that can lead to tooth decay.
Something that many people regularly neglect is flossing. It dislodges food that’s stuck between the teeth, stimulates the gums, reduces plaque buildup in hard to reach places, and helps to lower inflammation in the area.
Mouth rinses are helpful in a few different ways. It reduces the amount of harmful acid in the mouth, cleans hard to reach places, and remineralizes the teeth. Even though it is not a substitute for regular brushing and flossing, it makes a great addition to your oral hygiene routine.
Water is crucial for pretty much every system in your body. By drinking water, you are helping to wash out sticky and acidic foods and beverages between brushings. Staying hydrated also helps to prevent dry mouth, which can lead to all sorts of oral health problems.
Watch What You Eat
Sugar converts to acid in the mouth which ultimately leads to plaque and tooth decay. It’s best to limit your intake of acidic fruits, tea, coffee, soda, and sports drinks. Try consuming more high fiber fruits and vegetables like carrots, apples, and celery. Milk, cheese, yogurt, and nuts are also great options.
See Your Dentist
Even if you have a perfect oral hygiene routine, you are still bound to miss areas in the mouth. When you go in for regular cleanings, your dental team uses instruments to help ensure that your teeth are perfectly clean. He will also be able to inform you about areas where you can do better. Your dentist is trained to recognize early signs of both gum disease and oral cancer so you can get the treatment you need as soon as possible. Find a dentist near you!
Taking small steps everyday can do wonders for the health of your teeth. By implementing these habits into your routine, your smile will thank you!
About the Practice
At Katy Family Dentists, Dr. Joey Hall and Dr. Thanh Truong are committed to provide each and every patient with friendly and relaxing dental care. Dr. Hall has been in practice for three decades and has been pursuing continuing education through the Academy of General Dentistry and other organizations. Dr. Truong earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Louisiana State University. He is a member of several professional organizations including the Academy of General Dentistry, DentalXP, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (281) 398-3432.
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