When it comes to best practices for keeping your smile healthy and white, there are a few traditional things you can do to keep your teeth and gums in shape. There are also a few non-obvious things you can do that will give you a leg-up on potential oral health threats.
Below, Audubon Dental Center goes over a few best practices you can put in place to achieve a sparkling, healthy smile.
1.) Set Good Principles and Stick to Them
Setting good oral health principles (like brushing in the morning and at night) and sticking to them are both essential in keeping a healthy smile.
2.) Brush Before and After You Go to Bed
You must brush when you wake up to clear away the bacteria and clean your mouth after 7-9 hours of sleep. It’s also crucial to brush at the end of the day to ensure you clear away harmful bacteria and plaque from your teeth and mouth.
3.) Don’t Forget to Brush Your Tongue
Think of your tongue as a hotbed for bacterial growth. It’s very important to thoroughly brush your tongue to ensure you have a clean mouth.
4.) Brush Properly
Brushing with precision is hugely important. Use circular motions and utilize a soft-bristle toothbrush. Wait 20-45 minutes after eating for your mouth to neutralize acidic foods and beverages.
5.) Reduce Junk Food Intake
If it’s bad for your body, it’s probably bad for your teeth. Sugary foods and foods loaded with processed carbs should be avoided, both to keep a healthy smile and to optimize your health and wellness.
6.) Use fluoride
Fluoride is a valuable tool you should be using to protect against cavities and tooth decay.
7.) Visit Your Family Dentist Twice a Year
Visiting your dentist regularly (at least twice a year) is among the most important things you can do to ensure a healthy smile. Dr. Pantano is here at Audubon Dental Center to help patients achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation. We have a long track record of helping entire families achieve supreme oral health.