Your dentist takes care of your teeth at your preventative care visits twice a year. But in between your appointments, what can you do to take care of your teeth at home? Here are eight beneficial oral hygiene habits to work into your daily routine.
1. Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
Bacteria and plaque continue to build up on your teeth throughout the day. Brushing your teeth twice a day will keep them clean and help to prevent cavities and decay. Make sure to effectively brush all the surfaces of your teeth, including the backs and sides.
2. Use Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride is a common ingredient among oral health products and is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to prevent tooth decay. Brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste benefits your oral hygiene and helps your teeth stay strong.
3. Buy a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush
Over-brushing or using a medium or hard-bristled brush can actually damage the protective enamel of your teeth. Instead, gently clean your teeth with a soft-bristled brush that is sized comfortably for your mouth.
4. Brush Your Tongue
Harmful bacteria won’t just stick to the plaque on your teeth. It also collects on your tongue throughout the day. Each time you brush your teeth, be sure to brush your tongue to improve your oral hygiene.
5. Floss Once a Day
Flossing helps remove the plaque that collects between your teeth. Brushing alone doesn’t clean these areas well enough. Floss at least once every day, if possible, to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
6. Drink More Water
Drinking water helps keep your mouth clean. The water helps wash away food debris and bacteria after you eat food. In most municipalities in America, fluoride is added to tap water as an extra boost for your oral hygiene.
7. Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods and Drinks
Foods and favorite drinks with lots of sugar or acid include juice, coffee, soda, and candy. These products, despite your love for them, can wear down the enamel on your teeth and attract bacteria that cause decay. Try to avoid overindulging and limit these foods in your diet whenever possible.
8. Avoid Tobacco Products
Tobacco, as you may already know, is detrimental to your oral health in many ways. It causes staining, decay, and gum disease and can lead to oral cancer. Avoid tobacco products to keep your teeth beautiful and strong.
Schedule Your Next Preventative Care Appointment
The best oral health habits start at home, along with regular visits to your dental professional for routine cleanings. Contact Howl Dental today for your next preventative care appointment. We’ll make sure you’re getting the oral care you need.