Brush, floss, stay away from sugar. Easy, right? While taking care of your oral health is relatively simple, it’s also the quality that you put into these tasks that matters. Prevention is the best treatment against many oral health issues such as bad breath and tooth decay. Your teeth are meant to last for life, so improve your oral health for the better with these five simple habits!
1. Eat Well
Did you know that eating the right foods can influence a healthy smile and even help to clean teeth? When we eat sugar, refined or processed foods, and sugary drinks like sodas, our bad oral bacteria increases, plaque forms, and we increase our risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Even when brushing afterwards, many of these foods and drinks have already had a chance to cause our smiles damage by the time we brush.
Eating healthy fats such as fish and healthy oils, getting enough calcium and vitamin D, and getting your recommended servings of fruits, vegetables, grains, and fiber can not only help you to attain total body wellness, but can also help you to get and and keep a gorgeous smile!
Flossing seems easy, yet it’s one of tasks that many people skip when taking care of their teeth. Flossing helps to remove trapped food particles and plaque and can help you have healthy gums and teeth. You only need to floss once a day to experience the benefits and this is a habit you should stick to for life! Remember, your toothbrush can’t reach the places that your floss can. Help improve your smile with a couple minutes of flossing every day!
3. Use Mouthwash
Mouthwash is another step that’s often overlooked by people. Mouthwash can help to remove bad bacteria, encourage fresh breath, and even help prevent plaque formation. It can help you—along with regular brushing and flossing—to prevent gum disease and tooth decay and to remove particles of food brushing and flossing might have missed!
4. Get Regular Checkups
Getting regular checkups with your dentist can help you to prevent many oral health care problems before they cost you your smile! Your dentist is a trained professional who spots problems before they happen. Getting checkups along with a professional cleaning every six months can ensure your smile is healthy for life.
5. Brush Properly
If you’re not brushing properly, then you’re not experiencing many of the benefits that proper brushing offers. You should be brushing gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush at an angle of about 45 degrees in order to clean your teeth. Focus on smaller spaces rather than larger ones and don’t forget to brush behind teeth. Aim to brush twice a day if you can, if not, a proper brushing once a day can suffice.
By following these five simple tips, you can drastically improve your oral health. Brushing and flossing should be a regular part of your oral care routine, but you should also be eating a well-balanced diet, taking advantage of mouthwash, seek the services of a professional dentist in your area!
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