Dental Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy
Want to know more about keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy? We’re so glad you asked! While every patient is different, here are some simple yet very effective tips for keeping your smile healthy.
1. Brush & Floss Regularly
Establishing a thorough and consistent at-home oral care routine is one of the best ways to keep your smile healthy and clean. Switching out your soft-bristled toothbrush every couple of months and using a fluoridated toothpaste can help keep harmful bacteria at bay. Flossing is an important dental habit that many patients don’t do regularly enough, but it’s very helpful for cleaning in between teeth and preventing cavities and gum disease.
2. Drink Water
Drinking lots of water offers many great benefits for the body, but did you know that staying hydrated can help your smile too? Drinking water while eating or after eating sugary or starchy foods is especially effective, as it helps to rinse food debris from the mouth and reduce plaque. Keeping the mouth from drying out can also reduce the amount of cavity-causing bacteria that are present.
3. Eat Tooth-Friendly Snacks
Foods like apples, carrots, celery, and nuts are not only healthy snack options, they’re beneficial for your teeth too! Chewing these foods helps to scrub the teeth and keep them clean while eating (although they’re not a replacement for daily brushing, of course!). If you’re looking for another delicious snack, cheese is a tooth-friendly option that is full of calcium. Calcium is a mineral that keeps your teeth strong.
4. Schedule Regular Preventive Care
During routine exams, our team can diagnose and treat dental issues early before they become more serious. Professional teeth cleanings allow our hygienists to remove plaque from hard-to-brush areas, like around the gumline and in between teeth. In addition to biannual checkups and cleanings, preventive treatments like fluoride treatments and dental sealants can reduce your risk of tooth decay. We also offer mouthguards for sports and nightguards if you grind your teeth.
Has it been more than six months since you last visited the dentist? Contact us today to schedule your appointment at Serenity Dental Studio!