If you’ve ever wondered what you can do to improve and maintain your oral health, our team has compiled some helpful tips and practices.
Brush Thoroughly Twice a Day
Brushing your teeth is a practice that you will need to commit to for a lifetime. People should brush two times a day after meals. When brushing, be sure to use gentle motions and avoid bearing down too hard on your toothbrush. Proper brushing takes about two minutes because the gums, tongue, and the insides of your lips and cheeks need to be brushed in addition to all of your teeth.
We strongly encourage patients to use toothbrushes and toothpastes with the ADA seal of approval.
Floss Every Night
Flossing should never be overlooked. This hygiene practice removes debris that collects at the gum line and in between teeth. When we floss regularly, we can significantly reduce our risks for developing gum disease – a condition that destroys oral health when it progresses to an advanced stage.
Many people find that waxed floss is most comfortable while others prefer to use interdental cleaners. We recommend trying a few types of products to find one that works for your preferences.
Avoid or Limit Acidic Foods and Beverages
What we drink and eat can have an effect on our oral health. Acidic things like coffee, tea, wine, and citrus erodes tooth enamel. Over time, acidic foods and beverages can leave our teeth vulnerable to harmful bacteria.
Reduce Sugar Intake
Sugary items like soda and candy can increase our risks for developing tooth decay. This is because sugar is bacteria’s natural source of food. Limiting sugar helps starve harmful bacteria, which can reduce your risks for dental caries.
Instead of sugar- and acid-laden drinks, choose plain water as much as possible. For those who love soda, consider giving sparkling water a try. Drinking water throughout the day helps rinse your teeth and dilute acid. It also helps keep soft oral tissue moist.
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