Improve Your Oral Health Today

Improve Your Oral Health Today

Maybe you’re perfectly happy with your smile and want to make sure you keep it healthy and looking good. Or maybe your oral health could use some work, and you’re looking for some tips. Either way, here are a few dental health tips you can take to improve your oral health today.

  • Brush and floss. We grow up hearing that you should be brushing twice a day. Make sure you’re doing it properly – not brushing too hard or with a toothbrush that has too-hard bristles. Try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and make sure that you get to the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of your teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well. And there’s a reason why dentists tell you to floss – it’s good for you. Your toothbrush can’t get everything out, so for the rest of it, there’s floss.

  • Use mouthwash. For all the surfaces that your brush and floss can’t get to, use mouthwash.

  • Drink more tap water. Of course, drinking water, in general, is a healthy choice for your body – it keeps you hydrated and can help keep you from overeating at meals. Drinking tap water specifically can have benefits for your teeth since, in many areas, it’s fluoridated. Adding this mineral to the community drinking water has been shown to reduce tooth decay by 25 percent in both children and adults. Additionally, drinking water helps wash away sugars and food debris left behind from meals or snacks, protecting your teeth from decay.

  • Eat a nutritious diet. This means cutting back on sugary drinks and snacks as well as consuming more healthy foods. Fruits and vegetables, grains, chicken, and fish are all foods that will promote good oral health.

  • Visit your dentist regularly. If you haven’t seen your dentist in more than six months, it’s time to make an appointment. Even if you don’t feel any problems, it’s still important to check in with your dentist to make sure that everything is in tip-top shape. If there are any red flags, your doctor will be able to catch them and address them before the problem gets too big.