Keeping your mouth healthy between dental visits is the best way to ensure an easy visit to the dentist twice a year. Not sure where to start? Read on for tips on keeping your teeth, tongue and gums in tip-top shape.
#1: Brush Correctly Twice Daily
You probably already know you’re supposed to brush your teeth twice a day, but there’s more to good dental hygiene than just sticking a toothbrush in your mouth.
- Brush for at least two minutes.
- Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to ensure you clean plaque and bacteria from your gumline and massage your gums.
- Consider using an electric toothbrush, which often come with timed programs to help you get to every nook and cranny of your mouth.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months or when the bristles start to look frayed — whichever comes first.
Following these tips will ensure you’re getting the job done during your toothbrush time.
#2: Don’t Skip the Floss
Not many people like flossing, but it’s vital to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Your toothbrush can’t get between your teeth like floss can, and between your teeth is exactly where bacteria likes to set up residence to cause cavities. Do yourself a favor and floss once a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
#3: Eat a Healthy Diet
This tip may come as a surprise, but what you eat has a huge effect on not only your overall health, but your dental health. Your teeth need vitamins and minerals to remain strong, and those same nutrients keep your gums healthy. Water keeps the level of saliva in your mouth steady, which helps wash away bacteria and food particles that might otherwise cause bad breath and cavities. In short, a happy mouth and a happy body go hand in hand.
Year-Round Dental Care at Dental on Central
At Dental on Central, we’re invested in helping you have a healthy mouth year-round with great experiences twice yearly at the dentist. If you’re looking for a dentist, we would love to have you join our family. For more information or to schedule an appointment at either of our locations call 602.266.1776.