Easy ways to take care of your teeth
Maintaining your oral health is about much more than having a sparkling smile that turns heads. In fact, taking care of your teeth is a vital part of ensuring the overall health of your body. In addition to regular brushing and flossing at home, consider the following tips for a healthy smile:
Cut out the cigarettes. It’s no secret that smoking is detrimental to your physical health, but did you know that it also wreaks havoc on your oral health? Besides staining your teeth and contributing to halitosis, smoking can lead to periodontal disease and gum recession; both of which can ultimately result in tooth loss.
Hydrate with water. It’s good to stay hydrated throughout the day, but choose your drinks wisely. The ideal choice for hydration is water. Water protects your mouth by rinsing away food debris that could lead to tooth decay. While any water is better than no water at all, opt for tap water when you can. Why? Tap water often contains fluoride, which strengthens the enamel.
Choose your snacks wisely. It’s common knowledge that sugar isn’t good for your oral health, so sugar-loaded foods and beverages should be avoided. What’s less commonly discussed, however, is how the frequency of your snacking impacts your oral health. If you snack often throughout the day, food particles remain on your teeth, providing ample opportunity for plaque development. If you do snack frequently, choose tooth-friendly foods like carrot sticks, raw broccoli, yogurt, cheese and cucumbers.
Stay away from staining beverages. If you want a bright smile, avoid drinks that stain the teeth. Coffee, red wine and tea are the most notorious offenders. If you do indulge in your favorite staining beverage, consider drinking it through a straw. Additionally, rinse with water immediately after enjoying staining beverages.
Of course, seeking regular preventive care at your dental office is also essential to maintaining a healthy smile. Contact us today to learn more.