Start the new year off with a healthy mouth by taking these dental health tips to heart.
Learn to Brush and Floss Your Teeth Properly
Flossing and brushing are the best ways to remove plaque and food debris from between teeth and along the gumline to help prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day is recommended, but you may need to do so longer if you have difficulty thoroughly cleaning every tooth or the amount of plaque buildup on your teeth. In addition to brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day to remove plaque stuck between the teeth is recommended — especially before bedtime. A water flosser or water pick is also a convenient way to remove the food particles and debris that get trapped between teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach.
Eat a Healthy Diet
When most people think about eating healthier foods, they tend to think about eliminating junk foods and sugary beverages from their diets. While those are certainly important changes to make, there are other things you can add to your diet that are both nutritious and good for your teeth as well!
Chewing gum is good for your smile because it increases the flow of saliva in your mouth. Saliva can help wash away food particles and bacteria that can lead to cavities.
Review Your Medications and Supplements With a Dentist
As you celebrate healthily with family and friends over the holidays, don’t forget to check in with your dentist about any medicines or supplements you’re taking. Many over-the-counter remedies have sugar or other components that can harm your teeth. It’s especially important to talk with your dentist about any new prescriptions. Some medications can cause dry mouth, and dry mouth can open the door to plaque buildup and tooth decay. By staying on top of your medication use, you can protect your smile from common oral health issues all year long.
Schedule Regular Checkups and Cleaning
The New Year is a great time to make resolutions that will help you improve your oral health and overall well-being. Having a healthy smile gives you confidence and makes you want to smile more, which can have a positive effect on your quality of life. One way to maintain a healthier mouth is by getting a routine cleaning and checkup every six months to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy.
If you’d like to learn more, then contact our dental office at (503) 581-2446 today. We’d be happy to help answer any questions that you may have. Get the bright smile you’ve always wanted this winter!