Staying on top of your dental health is key in order to avoid cavities and keep your teeth in good condition. Many people think it’s enough just to brush their teeth after meals, but there’s so much more to oral hygiene than just remembering to brush. Here are three ways to stay on top of your dental care and take good care of your teeth between visits to the dentist.
The way you brush your teeth has a big impact on its effectiveness. Use a soft-bristled brush to be sure you’re not wearing away the enamel, and brush both the front and back of each tooth. Remember to brush your tongue, as well. You should aim to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time to ensure the most thorough clean.
Another key component of good oral hygiene is flossing. The secret to flossing properly is to move the floss in a C-shape around the tooth, making sure to floss up and into the gumline. Be gentle as you do this so you don’t cause bleeding. While it might hurt at first if you’re not used to flossing in this way, your gums will eventually adjust.
What you eat has a huge impact on your oral health. Foods high in calcium and vitamins can make your teeth stronger, while other foods can damage your teeth in the long run. Sugary treats such as soda or candy can lead to cavities, while beverages like coffee or tea can stain your teeth and wear away the enamel. Try to avoid junk food when you can and fill up on whole foods that are packed with nutrients in order to keep your teeth in good condition.
When it’s time to make your next dental visit, stop in to the office of Bruce Parker, DMD. Call today to schedule your appointment!