Healthy Teeth 101

[ 0 ] February 5, 2015 |

Brush Like A Champ, Floss Like A Boss

New Year’s resolutions are in full force right now, with most of us making the extra effort to hit the gym and make healthier choices. While ensuring our physical health is in check, we must not forget about our pearly whites. Oral hygiene goes a long way in maintaining the overall health of your body, as many conditions and illnesses begin with poor oral care. We thought we’d help you brush up on your oral health procedures to start the year off fresh! Here are some reminders and tips about how you can keep your mouth clean and get your healthy teeth for 2015.

Brush and Floss:

This goes without saying, as most of us are pretty aware of the standard rules of brushing and flossing. However, it can slip by us on those nights we feel exhausted from a long day, or on a weekend when too much partying has us crashing at late hours. Surprisingly, gum disease and tooth decay still remain large problems, and three-fourths of teenagers have gums that bleed. Outside of remembering to brush and floss daily, remember to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months!

Mouthwash:

It's Time To Smile AgainIn addition to flossing and brushing, mouthwash can go a long way to prevent problems. In between meals, when brushing isn’t always an option or isn’t convenient (too much brushing isn’t good for you either), swishing some antibacterial mouthwash around can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If rinsing with mouthwash isn’t something that’s manageable at work, chewing some sugar-free gum is a great way to get your saliva flowing, which naturally washes bacteria away, before it hardens and becomes tartar or plaque. Outside of the great benefits to your teeth and gums, you’ll stay minty-fresh all day!

Avoid Smoking:

Smoking or chewing tobacco is extremely harmful to your health and for your teeth. Tobacco stains your teeth, leaving them looking dirty and unhealthy. It also significantly raises your risk of oral cancer and gum disease. Additionally, smokers tend to have dry mouth and bad breath, which is uncomfortable for the people you interact with, and for yourself. Consider quitting if you are smoking or chewing tobacco, as it will greatly improve your oral and overall health.

You Are What You Eat:

Best Foods For Healthy TeethEating healthy truly is great for your overall health. While it may be a good way to trim down on excessive fat and keep your digestive system happy, eating right ensures good oral health as well. Whole foods such as grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, dairy products and fish, will keep your system working smoothly, as well as reducing inflammation that can lead to gum disease. Eating fruits, especially apples and berries, are fantastic natural breath fresheners. They help eliminate odors from smelly foods, as well as initiate saliva production, to ensure your teeth and gums stay fresh and bacteria-free.

Many of these may seem like no-brainers when it comes to your mouth, however it’s easy to forget or become lazy in establishing a routine. Ensuring you are keeping on top of all aspects of your oral health will yield the best results. Contact us to book an appointment, for more information, or for any questions.

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