Brush Twice A Day To Keep The Cavities Away!
Remember 2×2; twice a day for 2 minutes. (And don’t forget to scrub your tongue!)
It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months on average, and sooner when needed if you have recently been under the weather.
Don't Forget the Floss!
Flossing is an important part of your oral healthcare routine, and shouldn’t be skipped. When you regularly floss, you help by lifting and removing plaque and food particles stuck between your teeth. If you experience bleeding gums, likely, irritation is the cause. But not to worry! After 5-7 days of routine flossing, your gums will adjust, and the bleeding will become minimal or stop altogether. Be sure to give your mouth a good rinse after flossing to remove any lingering bacteria, or plaque that may be present.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Staying hydrated is an essential part of your routine overall health, but what effects can drinking plenty of water have for your oral health? Water encourages the production of saliva, which is important for maintaining healthy teeth with fewer cavities and bad breath often caused by dry mouth. It is recommended by Dentists that you reduce the amount of sugary substances you ingest and increase the amount of water you take in. Over time, bacteria on your teeth and in your mouth will create plaque from the leftover sugar, causing tooth decay.
Put Down The Candy Bar & Sweet Tea
You should not only pay attention to sugar in drinks, but also in the foods you eat. Try to avoid eating a lot of sugary foods and candy. If you do eat a lot of sugar, make sure you brush your teeth well after eating it. Sugar increases the amount of plaque on your teeth, and if you have a sweet tooth it’s important to be even more conscious about how well you brush your teeth.
Sugary drinks such as sodas, teas, juices, etc cause plaque to build up on the enamel of your teeth. If you gotta have it, brushing after consuming removes those sugars and plaque from building up on your tooth’s service, preventing damage in the future.
Up Your Vitamin D!
Vitamin D is often referred to as “The Sunshine Vitamin” and it truly is very important for your oral health Vitamin D is what allows us to absorb calcium. Calcium deficiency leads to underdeveloped teeth, gum disease, and tooth decay.
There are several ways to get your daily dose of vitamin D and Calcium
- Sit outside for 15 minutes
- Consume foods such as; milk, eggs, fish, and cod liver oil
- Vitamin D supplements
6 Month Dental Visits
Recommended by the Texas Academy of General Dentistry, routine check-ups are advised every 6 months on average. This is so that you and your dentist can catch any oral problems before they become more invasive. During this visit, your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth, inspect for cavities, plaque, check for oral cancer, perform digital x-rays, and inspect any other oral concerns or issues that may need to be addressed.