You already know you need to brush and floss daily. However, there are plenty of other things you can do to ensure your teeth stay super healthy and strong. Are you ready to learn easier ways to keep your teeth healthy? Here are tips for maintaining a healthy smile at home from Waco Dental.
1. Brush For Two Minutes Each Time
Most people know that brushing their teeth daily is a crucial element in a healthy oral care routine. But just repeating and stopping quickly is not enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You must brush your teeth for a full two minutes during each session. Set a timer and do not stop cleaning until the clock runs out. If you prefer, invest in an electric toothbrush. These powered brushes have built-in timers and advanced technology that ensure you brush your teeth correctly. Remember that over-vigorous brushing hurts your teeth too! When you brush too hard you can hurt your teeth and gums. Gentle circular motions with a soft bristle toothbrush ensure the best results.
2. Floss Daily – Yes, Every Day
We know flossing is not anyone’s favorite activity, but it s vital to lifelong oral health. Brushing alone will not get you into those hard-to-reach places between your teeth. Flossing every day will prevent plaque and cavities, which means you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s chair. We recommend flossing at night so you can remove any buildup during the day.
3. Choose A Healthy Diet
Coming up with healthy eating ideas can be a little difficult after a while, but eating healthy is one of the best things you can do for your teeth (and overall health!). Eat a diet rich in whole foods, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and lean protein. You should also limit starchy refined foods, such as chips, bread, and pasta, and avoid sugary foods and drinks entirely. The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars and starches, so it’s best to keep these things to a minimum. If you must try surgery foods try brushing your teeth after.
4. Wearing A Mouthouthguard While Exercising
Did you know that exercise is responsible for a large percentage of dental injuries, including the loss of teeth each year? Even a family game of basketball or one-man skateboarding in the driveway can put your teeth at risk. That is why we always recommend the use of a mouthguard in sports where there is a risk of collision. This is especially important if you or your child wears braces, as your braces can cause serious damage to your gums and teeth if you get hit in the face.
5. Using Flouride Treatments
Flouride treatments are available in most dental offices. They serve a very important purpose. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel, preventing and reducing cavities. Fortunately, you do not have to visit a dental clinic to receive the benefits of fluoride—you can enjoy all the benefits of fluoride in the comfort of your own home. All you have to do is use fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash to keep your teeth strong and your smile healthy.
6. Booking An Appointment With Your Dentist Regularly
Even if you do your best to protect your teeth at home, it’s perfectly normal to have minor problems or questions. As always, the Waco Dental team is here to support your oral health. No matter where you are in your orthodontic journey, we’re here to help you have a healthy smile. We offer the latest treatments in restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry. Visit our Waco, TX location or call (254) 754-3505 for a consultation today.