When it comes to creating and maintaining a healthy smile, there’s stuff you can do at home and stuff you definitely need to get done at your dentist’s office.
Audubon Dental Center specializes in helping entire families set the foundation for amazing oral health, which is being shown to be more and more intertwined with your overall health.
Below are a few measures you can take to keep your smile healthy and sparkling for the rest of 2019.
1.) Brush (and Floss) Properly Twice Daily
This is an easy one, but making sure to brush the requisite 2-5 minutes twice daily is easier said than done. Use circular motions and make sure to incorporate a soft-bristle toothbrush into your routine. Flossing is also hugely important in maintaining tooth and gum health. Make sure to follow through on your flossing, too!
2.) Visit with Audubon Dental Center Regularly
Making sure to see your oral health specialist is paramount to maintaining your healthy smile. We’ll make sure to check and clean your gums thoroughly as well as identify any problems before they become major issues. Meet with your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and a check-up.
3.) Eat with Your Oral Health in Mind
Making sure to eat calcium-rich foods will help strengthen your teeth. Eating apples, carrots, celery and additional fruits and vegetables that help stimulate your saliva production will also go a long way for your oral health. Saliva production helps wash away harmful acids and keep your teeth clean.
4.) Stop Using Tobacco
Tobacco use can seriously stain your teeth, but using tobacco also has the following health implications:
- Increased gum disease risk
- Increased risk of tooth loss
- Bad breath
Not to mention, tobacco use also increases your risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, oral cancer, and increases your risk of having a stroke.
5.) Say “NO” to Sugar
We all know how sugar intake can lead to cavities, which is why we would all benefit from trading in the soda pop for seltzer water (sugar free) as well as stopping chewing gum altogether. You’ll also experience major health benefits from cutting out sugar.
If you have any additional questions about what you can do to keep your healthy smile year-round, contact Audubon Dental Center today.