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Daily brushing and flossing are necessary to maintain healthy teeth and gums. However, you can do many other things that benefit you even more. Please read below to learn ten oral health tips to keep your teeth in tip-top shape.
#1 BRUSH TWICE A DAY
The 2×2 rule is to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. Doing this helps remove a buildup of plaque and bacteria. Brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste using small circular motions to avoid damaging the gum tissue. And please don’t forget to brush your tongue well to fight bad breath.
#2 FLOSS DAILY
Floss each night before brushing to remove debris your toothbrush cannot dislodge. Skipping this important will allow bacteria from food to eventually decay. It is natural for flossing may cause gums to be extra sensitive, but it will stop once you make it a daily habit.
#3 REPLACE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
Old scraggy toothbrushes don’t clean the tooth’s surface correctly and can damage your gums. Changing your toothbrush every 3 to 6 months or when the bristles start to bend outward is always best.
#4 SIX MONTH DENTAL VISITS
Please schedule a dental appointment every six months to allow your Powell dentist to catch dental issues before they take hold. During this visit, you’ll get an exam and a thorough cleaning from a hygienist to remove any buildup of plaque and tartar and a buff and polish to make your enamel shine.
#5 MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET
Avoiding foods and drinks that are highly processed and laden in sugars plays a massive role in long-term dental health. Think about including foods high in calcium to help support strong, healthy teeth, like leafy greens and cruciferous veggies, almonds, yogurt, and cheese.
#6 DAILY HYDRATION
Staying hydrated throughout the day helps maintain healthy saliva flow. The saliva helps move food particles through your mouth, preventing them from sticking between your teeth where bacteria can grow.
#7 ADDITIONAL DENTAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS
We all know that brushing and flossing are fundamental to preventive dental health. But in addition to that, you can help keep your teeth in the best condition by incorporating a few extra aids into your routine. Mouthwash, oral irrigators, interdental brushes, and tongue cleaners support good oral health. But remember that all products should be used in addition to regular brushing and flossing.
#8 CONSIDER DENTAL SEALANTS
Dental sealants fill in the grooves of the top of your molars and premolars to protect your teeth from cavities. Everyone benefits from sealants, but children and teens are good candidates as they often don’t brush as well as adults. Ask Dr. Wu at Liberty Family Smiles if dental sealants are a good option for you.
#9 DON’T SMOKE… EVER
Smoking causes tooth stains and severe oral health issues like gum disease, leading to tooth loss and oral cancer. To care for your teeth and overall health, the best thing to do is to quit smoking immediately.
#10 SELF EXAMINE REGULARLY
While regular checkups with your Powell dentist are an excellent preventive measure, issues can develop between visits. You can quickly scan the inside of your mouth as part of your dental care routine. If anything seems unusual, share this information with your Dentist at your next appointment.
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