Promoting Health Teeth with Oral Hygiene Tips and Advice
Personal hygiene habits are often formed at an early age. If you didn’t grow up brushing or flossing properly, you may need to retrain yourself into cleaning your teeth efficiently. As your family dentist, we’re here to be a partner with you as you make smart choices to benefit your oral health.
Here are some effective ways to reduce your risk for cavities, gum disease and other common dental problems.
Brush Two Minutes, Twice a Day
When you brush, you should spend at least two minutes per session cleaning your teeth and gums. Setting a timer or listening to a song on the radio can help you to spend adequate time with the toothbrush. Angle the bristles slightly toward the gumlines and make small strokes along with one or two teeth at a time. Electric toothbrushes are also very effective, many of which have a built-in timer.
Don’t Skip the Floss
The only way to effectively clean between your teeth and just below the gums where teeth touch is to floss each day. Conventional floss, floss picks and water flossers are all convenient alternatives to consider but flossing must be a daily affair!
Drinking plenty of water keeps your mouth lubricated and lowers your risk of tooth decay. Choose fluoridated tap water over fluoride-free bottled products.
Make Healthy Food Choices
Fruits and vegetables are great for your teeth; they’re loaded with vitamins and wipe away plaque while you bite and chew into their crispy texture. Foods like cheese and yogurt strengthen teeth and promote healthy gums. Limit your intake of processed foods, sweeteners and carb-loaded snacks.
Work on a Smoking Cessation Plan
Tobacco products like cigarettes and smokeless blends can stain your teeth, contribute to gum recession and mask the symptoms of gum disease. By the time you realize there’s a problem, it’s often well advanced. Giving up smoking or dip could be one of the best things you ever do for your smile.