5 Healthy Ways to Take Care of Your Smile in 2019
- Posted on: Dec 27 2018
1. Floss Regularly
Everyone knows that brushing is important. Flossing is just, if not more, important than brushing to keeping your teeth as healthy as possible. When you floss daily:
- Your teeth will be 40% cleaner than with brushing alone
- You’ll remove harmful bacterial from areas in between teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach
- Your gums will be healthier by removing bacteria and plaque buildup at the gum line
Flossing can protect your heart health by reducing the bacteria associated with periodontal inflammation from getting into your bloodstream and attaching to fatty plaques that build up in arteries.
2. Avoid Sugary Drinks
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth feed off of sugar from food and drink. Bacteria turns sugary foods and drinks into acids that harm and dissolve teeth. Sugary drinks like soda and fruit juice are a leading cause of tooth decay. Even diet sodas contain acids that erode tooth enamel, which is the outer protective barrier for teeth. When tooth enamel erodes, cavities can form and teeth can become sensitive to hot and cold foods.
Try to limit your consumption of sweetened drinks to prevent tooth decay. If you do indulge, rinse your mouth out with water afterward to remove lingering acid. Brush with fluoride toothpaste regularly to fortify your tooth enamel.
3. Stay Hydrated
When your body becomes dehydrated, you’re unable to produce enough saliva. Saliva helps clear away food debris and plaque from your teeth and gums, protecting you from tooth decay and gum disease. Avoid dehydration by drinking at least eight glasses (eight ounces each) of water each day. Drink more if you live in a hot, arid climate or are planning to spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer. Wear a hat and seek shade often if spending the days outdoors.
4. Go to the Dentist
Don’t wait until you’ve cracked a tooth or have a horrible toothache to make a dental appointment. Regular dental visits are vital to your oral health. By scheduling two dental visits a year (a checkup with the dentist and a cleaning), your dentist can identify any trouble spots and repair them before they come a major problem.
During your annual checkup, your dentist will examine x-rays of your teeth to look for signs of tooth decay. Your dentist will also examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease. At each appointment, a dental hygienist will thoroughly clean and polish your teeth and point out areas that you need to brush or floss more thoroughly.
5. Brush the Right Way
According to the ADA, you should follow these guidelines for brushing:
- Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush
- Replace your toothbrush every three months or when you see signs of wear and tear
- Brush with fluoride toothpaste
- Holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, gently brush all surfaces of your teeth with short strokes
If you’re ready to make your oral health a top priority, make an appointment today with one of the dentists of Concerned Dental Care. We have 10 convenient locations in NYC to provide you with professional, expert dental care.