While visiting your dentist for biannual appointments is a marker for maintaining good oral care, Smile Smart Dental recommends a few changes to your oral care routine at home to keep your smile healthy in the meantime. Below are some tips to help you achieve healthier smiles.
Avoid Sugary Snacks
Consuming foods with high levels of sugar can lead to more instances of growth of acid-causing bacteria. This bacteria causes the enamel to break down and result in tooth decay. Caring for your smile at home can mean to add more vegetable in your diet. These foods are high in nutrients, and when eaten can create a scrubbing affect, helping keep teeth clean and healthy.
For avid coffee and tea drinkers, adding sugar to your beverage is not be beneficial to your oral health. On the other hand, xylitol, a sugar substitute, helps strengthen enamel and contains fewer calories.
Fluoride for Healthy Smiles
Fluoride helps protect your teeth from decay by strengthen enamel. Although it’s likely you’re not taking in fluoride daily, many cities have added this mineral into the tap water supplies, be sure to do some research on the fluoridation of your water in your community.
This mineral can be found in many toothpastes and mouth washes, which can be essential for patients who live in communities without fluoridated tap water.
However, too much fluoride in the diet can result in fluorosis, a discoloration to the enamel. Consult with your dentist to determine a healthy balance of fluoride in your diet.
Brush Twice and Floss Daily
Although brushing and flossing your teeth is an integral part of your day-to-day routine, there are some ways to determine if you’re doing so correctly.
Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once at night is beneficial to your oral health. This routine ensures that the surface of your smile remains free of bacteria buildup and can remove food stuck in between teeth, especially after meals.
Using a soft bristled brush, angle it at 45 degree to the surface of your teeth and brush with short, soft strokes that cover the entire tooth. Angling the bristles helps to clean hard-to-reach areas and below the gum line. This method is found to be more proactive at keeping the whole smile clean.
When flossing your teeth, it’s important to gently press in-between the gaps of each tooth and curve against the side of each tooth, pulling upward to clear away plaque buildup.
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Dr. David Ashely and our team of dedicated dental professionals are here to provide the treatments you need to keep a healthy, long-lasting smile. For more information about our dental services, contact our Bradenton dental practice today!