When it comes to practicing good oral hygiene, most patients are aware of the basic practices they should follow, like brushing their teeth, flossing every day, and visiting the dentist twice per year for a cleaning and checkup. However, there are a few more oral health habits that can keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling great.
Here are a few simple tips for boosting your oral health!
- Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush & Change It Often
- Eat a Balanced Diet
- Drink Water
Did you know that a firm toothbrush and aggressive brushing can wear down your enamel? One of the best ways to keep your teeth clean and healthy is by gently brushing them twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush for a full two minutes each time. Avoid vigorous sawing motions and brushing too fast.
Additionally, after using your soft-bristled toothbrush for three or four months, you should swap it out for a brand new one. This keeps the bristles clean, fresh, and able to efficiently clean plaque and food particles from your teeth and tongue.
Bacteria feeds upon your dietary sugar and carbohydrates, then produces acidic byproducts that damage your tooth enamel. While carbs are an important source of energy, keep your carbohydrate intake to about 45-65% of your total caloric intake. And consume sugary foods and drinks in moderation.
Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, which are rich in vitamins and minerals. Some of our favorites include crunchy ones that help remove plaque from your teeth (think raw apples, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, and carrots) and calcium-rich foods (like almonds, string cheese, low-sugar yogurt, and leafy greens). Calcium helps fortify your teeth against decay and breakage.
Choosing water over soda or juice comes with many health benefits, but it can really help your teeth too. Water promotes a healthy production of saliva, which is critical for remineralizing your teeth and washing away bacteria and food particles. Plus, water won’t stain your teeth like dark-colored sodas, coffee, and tea.
Want More Oral Health Tips?
Your oral health is our priority. Our team can suggest even more ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. Contact us today–we would be thrilled to hear from you! We also invite you to explore our website to learn about our comprehensive dental services and financial options.
This post was written by Wagner Dental