Taking care of your teeth is an investment in your lifestyle and your overall health. Your teeth and gums make so many everyday activities possible: eating, drinking, talking, smiling. And while our teeth are meant to last a lifetime, they do require some thought and care on your part in order to keep looking and feeling their best. With that in mind, we’d like to talk about some of the best strategies to help give your teeth the best care over the course of your lifetime:
- First and foremost: brush and floss regularly. Nothing does more to keep your teeth and gums healthy than regular and effective brushing. Using a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste on a brush in good condition, brush your teeth AND gums in a circular motion for about three minutes, ensuring that you clean all surfaces. Following a good brushing, floss your teeth carefully, getting between and behind each tooth, and then rinse your mouth with either clean water or mouthwash.
- Cleaning your tongue is an often neglected part of oral hygiene, but it’s just as important as cleaning your teeth. Bacteria and even plaque can build up on your tongue, and then in turn may lead to gum disease, tooth decay, or just bad breath. Brush your tongue when you brush your teeth and you’ll help alleviate these problems.
- Using the right products to clean your teeth also helps. For most folks, fluoride toothpaste is a big boon to keeping teeth clean and healthy. Likewise, using a toothbrush that is clean, in good care and condition, and replaced regularly is also a good idea. Finally, using mouthwash regularly can do a lot to help clear away bacteria that brushing and flossing have a difficult time reaching. Your dentist can recommend specific products to you, so don’t be afraid to ask.
- Staying hydrated affects everything about your health, but has some surprising impacts on your teeth. By drinking enough water, you’ll help ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy by helping to clear away bacteria and debris while supporting the production of saliva, which mineralizes and strengthens teeth. So make sure you’re drinking enough water each and every day; your whole body will thank you.
- Like hydration, eating a healthy diet shapes every aspect of health, but especially your teeth and gums. By ensuring that you’re consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low in sugars and starches, and by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, you’ll be giving your health as a whole a boost and supporting your oral health.
- Finally, a vital part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy is seeing your dentist regularly. For most of us, a dental exam and cleaning twice a year goes a long way toward supporting oral health by keeping teeth clean and healthy and giving your dentist a chance to detect and address any issues before they develop into something more serious.
These are some general strategies to help give your teeth the best care. For more specific advice on your particular needs and oral health goals, your dentist is the best source of information. If you’ve got a question, or are looking for a new dentist, get in touch with us today. Our friendly staff will help you make an appointment and we’ll get you started on the road to better oral health.