10 Tips for a Healthier Smile
You don’t need an expert to tell you that a healthy smile will make you feel more confident, give you a boost of energy, and improve your mood. But, did you also know that your oral health can impact your overall well-being too? Don’t neglect your smile and take measures any time you feel there is an issue.
When it comes to maintaining your teeth’ health, following these 10 simple tips will do the trick and minimize the dental treatment you will need in the future.
Here are 10 crucial tips for a healthier smile:
- Brush Every Day
- It goes without saying, but brushing your teeth every day, in the morning and before bed, is the best way to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Revise your brushing techniques and invest in an electric toothbrush that cleans your teeth more efficiently.
- Floss Every Day
- Flossing ensures that no plaque accumulates between your teeth. Floss gently daily, especially if you have tight spaces between your teeth, and don’t neglect your back teeth during the operation.
- Drink Enough Water
- Having a good saliva flow helps your mouth protect itself from plaque and infections, so make sure you stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and rinse your mouth with water after eating, to flush away acids in the mouth.
- Get Bi-annual Dentist Check-ups
- Even if you don’t have dental issues, a dental check-up every 6 months will eliminate any trouble. There are certain dental problems that you might not be aware of, and a dentist is more than qualified to shed light on this.
- Clean Your Tongue Every Day
- Often, our tongue gets neglected when we clean our teeth, and it starts accumulating bacteria. This can lead to unpleasant smells and a higher risk of infection in the mouth. Clean your mouth with the special rubber back of the toothbrush head, or with a special tool.
- Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
- Refrain yourself to use your teeth to open caps, pull objects, or hold hard items. You should also avoid eating very hard foods.
- Use Fluoride Toothpaste or Mouthwash
- Toothpaste and mouthwashes with added fluoride contribute to better oral health and protect against cavities.
- Be Aware of Your Diet
- Our diets affect our overall health, and this applies to our oral health as well. Make sure to include plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet, eat enough fibers and drink plenty of fluids. This will help your body protect itself from infections and maintain a good health state overall.
- Change Your Toothbrush Regularly
- You shouldn’t use the same toothbrush for more than 3 months. Change your traditional toothbrush or your electric toothbrush’s head when 3 months have passed, or when the one you use shows clear signs of wear and tear (if it does, be mindful about the pressure you apply while brushing).
- Limit Your Sugar Intake
- Another crucial tip for a healthy smile is to limit your sugar intake, and this includes fruit juices and other foods with “hidden” sugars. Avoid sweets and carbohydrates (dough-based foods), as they break down into sugars as well.
While following good oral hygiene and improving your lifestyle will keep your smile nice and healthy, you still need regular check-ups at the dentist to ensure there are no overlooked issues. The sooner the dentist intervenes for minor problems, the easier it will be to keep your teeth strong and beautiful.
The dental office of David L Evans DDC uses state-of-the-art technology to fix a wide range of dental problems, from filling replacements to crown reconstructions and oral surgery. Call (303-422-0990) or reach out to us via our form to set up an appointment.