We all want to be healthy and have a healthy smile. For some people, having a healthy white smile may seem like a challenge because of genetics, lifestyle factors, or just motivation. This month is Oral Health Month, and we are excited to share some things that can help you on your journey toward the best smile of your life.
Let’s Get Started
It may be a given, but the first step to having healthy teeth is by checking in on your dental hygiene. Dentists recommend brushing twice per day for two minutes each time, but doing it this frequently isn’t the only thing you need to be doing. Making sure you are brushing with the right tools and techniques will up your dental game!
- Brush with soft-bristled brushes. Anything harder than soft bristles will damage your enamel (something you can never get back).
- Brush in tiny circles and at 45-degree angles. Don’t just brush straight, Brushing in small circles across the front and back of each tooth ensures you are reaching every corner of every tooth.
- Floss. Don’t forget to floss at least once per day to get the bacteria that may be lodged in between teeth.
- Choose Fluoride. No, it’s not just for children. Brush your teeth with toothpaste that contains fluoride to help strengthen your teeth and protect your enamel.
In addition to the steps above, making sure you are drinking your weight in ounces of water every day can also contribute to a healthier mouth – and body. Not only does hydration combat dry mouth, but it also increases saliva which can help wash away bacteria and eliminate bad breath.
Stop in the Name of Teeth
Our modern lifestyles don’t always lend themselves to the healthiest versions of ourselves. If you are doing the following things and are wondering why you aren’t seeing whiter teeth and continue having issues with cavities – then read on!
- Cut the Sugar. Our American diets are very high in sugar. Bacteria love sugar and as soon as it gets stuck on your teeth those sugar bugs are quickly eating away the sugar . . . and your teeth! Stop tooth decay by cutting sugar from your diet.
- Tobacco Use. Whether you dip or smoke, tobacco is the leading cause of oral cancer. Not only that, but it leads to lung cancer and heart disease. So, just stop already.
The Most Important Step
Of course, the best thing you can do to optimize your oral health and get the smile of your dreams is to see your dentist at least twice per year. Not only will the dentist help you learn the best techniques for cleaning your teeth, but they also will check for any signs of oral disease or oral cancer. The best chance of a successful outcome from these diseases is an early catch.