The healthier your teeth are, the healthier and happier you will be! As we prepare to enter a New Year, consider these simple ways you can keep your teeth healthy and avoid dental problems in the future.
- Drink Plenty of Water – Drinking water is generally good for your overall health and it’s particularly helpful for your teeth. Water helps to wash away leftover food and residue that cavity-causing bacteria love to eat. Water also dilutes the acids that are produced by bacteria. Finally, water helps to keep your saliva levels in place. Saliva is one of your mouth’s best defenses against tooth decay.
- Grab Some Fruits –Eating fruits can decrease tooth decay and promote oral health. Fruits are mostly composed of water, and as we seen above, water provides an environment that is not conducive to bacterial growth. Many fruits are also a great source of vitamins that help to support your dental health. Apples and other high-fiber fruits can scrub away plaque and can even freshen your breath.
- Brush Your Teeth – Brushing your teeth is an essential part of your oral hygiene. Regular brushing helps to remove the plaque that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day (first thing in the morning and before bedtime).
- Floss Your Teeth – Flossing your teeth is also an important part of dental care. Flossing helps to remove the plaque that is left behind after brushing. Explore our Flossing 101 post to learn how to properly floss your teeth.
- Rinse Your Mouth – Mouthwashes (or mouth rinses) can complement your brushing and flossing. A mouthwash with fluoride can help to reduce cavities, periodontal disease, and bad breath. Jeffrey Fortna can help you to determine what type of mouthwash or mouth rinse you may need depending on your oral health needs.
- Don’t Forget Your Tongue – Bacteria, and other debris, can get trapped on your tongue which can cause bad breath (halitosis) and white discoloration of the tongue so be sure to also clean your tongue twice a day (morning and before bedtime). You can clean your tongue by using your toothpaste and toothbrush. Using gentle pressure, start by brushing the back of your tongue and then work your way forward. You can also consider tongue scrapers. To use the scraper most effectively, place it at the back of the tongue while sticking your tongue out and, with even pressure, slide the scraper down along the tongue’s surface towards the tip. Work slowly and with light pressure. Rinse the scraper and repeat. If your tongue feels sore or bleeds, you are using the tongue scraper with too much force.
- Regular Cleanings at Mainstream Dental – One of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy is to stay in contact with us and to be sure you’re scheduling your regular cleanings with Dr. Fortna or a member of the Mainstream Dental staff. These cleanings help to maximize your daily efforts and they provide opportunities for us to monitor and report any potential problems!
The content above is applicable for many of our Mainstream Dental patients. Your individual circumstances may alter the suggestions or instructions being provided. Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Fortna for an appointment to discuss your unique dental needs or to ask him specific questions about your dental care routine.