At Audubon Dental Center we believe in providing education to our patients that will help them enjoy amazing oral health throughout their lives.
A big part of keeping a healthy smile is knowing what the best lifestyle habits and methods you can use to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
It’s not just about having a sparkling white smile after all. It’s more about building a healthy routine, sticking to it, and experiencing the overall benefits that occur for your mouth and your overall health.
Below are a few simple measures you can take that will ensure you enjoy optimal oral health year-round.
Brushing properly and creating a healthy oral health routine (which includes flossing at least once daily) is the cornerstone of keeping a healthy smile. Brush twice daily and for 2-5 minutes each time. Stay up on your flossing as well.
Eat for Your Oral Health
Staying away from sugary and acidic foods will help keep your smile healthy. Sugars and acid-heavy foods will eat away at your enamel, cause inflammation, and eventually lead to tooth decay. Eating lots of fruits and veggies and making sure to limit your snacking as well as brushing in between will help your mouth produce saliva and stay clean. That way no bacteria has any time to attack your mouth.
Keep Your Regular Visits with Your Dentist
You should be seeing your dentist at least twice a year, and that’s just if things are going well. Making sure that you get a twice-annual cleaning and check-up will help keep your teeth clean and ensure that we spot and treat any problems before they become more serious issues. We can also let you know how your at-home oral healthcare routine is going and give you pointers to take your oral health to that next level!
Quit Tobacco and Alcohol, if You’re Able
Tobacco especially gives you a whole host of health and dental problems to look forward to, things like tooth decay, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and more. Alcohol is heavy in sugars and many forms are high in acidity, which will wreak havoc on your teeth and gums. Save your money and boost your wellness by trying to say “NO” to these two things whenever you can.
If you have any additional questions about how you can keep your smile healthy on your own and with the help of an experienced oral health specialist, contact Audubon Dental Center today.