There are dozens of reasons to look after your health, but sometimes even the best of us slip up a little on our daily routines. But did you know that keeping up a diligent oral health care regimen can lead to healthier gums, whiter teeth, better breath, and a whole host of other benefits? If you’ve slightly lost your way when it comes to your oral health, fear not! It’s easy to get yourself back on track and regain a good hold on your healthcare routine. Today, we’re looking into five simple ways you can make sure you’re keeping your mouth healthy, happy, and habitually hygienic!
1. Follow the doctor’s orders: brush and floss regularly!
Brushing your teeth once in the morning and once before bed is the best way to remove plaque, debris, and bacteria that have built up over a day’s or night’s time. Flossing at least once a day will help clear away the bits of food and plaque that brushing has missed and is a vital component to any oral health regimen! Adding in a mouthwash can help to kill that extra bit of bacteria and reinforce your enamel with fluoride.
2. Kick the habit for good: smoking is doing you no favors!
Smoking and chewing tobacco are both known to cause oral and throat cancers, as well as leaving you more susceptible to tooth decay and yellowing. Quitting now is your best defense against all the problems caused by smoking, and your dentist may be able to help you find resources to help you on your journey!
3. Your mother was right: sugar wreaks havoc on teeth!
When sugar is allowed to fester in the mouth is turns to acid which will wear down the enamel on your teeth. Gummy candies and other sticky treats can fix themselves onto the tops of your teeth, boring away through your enamel and causing tooth decay. The safest bet is to avoid sugary foods as much as possible, but if you do find yourself indulging, brush your teeth as soon as you can after dessert to clear away harmful sugars.
4. Don’t overlook it: make sure your tongue is clean too!
Our tongues are a hotbed for bacteria and debris, but they are often overlooked when we brush our teeth! Making sure to use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to remove excess buildup on your tongue will not only help improve the overall health of your mouth, but also the smell of your breath.
5. Don’t be a stranger: visit the dentist regularly!
Taking care of your teeth at home is vital to a healthy mouth, but your dentist needs to be seen regularly to ensure that everything is truly in working order. Come in for a cleaning every six months to ensure you’re staying in your best oral health shape!
If it’s time for your next dental checkup, give us a call at Hinsdale Dental to schedule your appointment today!Return to Blog