It is critical to consider how your habits affect your oral health in between dental appointments. Our bodies are an interconnected system that works best when we pay attention to each component.
Here are some tips for keeping your mouth healthy in between dental visits.
Brushing and Flossing Will Help Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Brushing on a regular basis helps to prevent harmful plaque and gingivitis. Brush your teeth before going to bed and in the morning. We find that many patients frequently overlook one or the other.
Brushing before bed reduces the bacteria that can form while we sleep and removes food particles and plaque buildup from the day. Brushing in the morning removes any harmful bacteria that may have survived the night.
Don’t Forget About Your Tongue
The same dangerous bacteria and plaque that thrive on our teeth can also be found on our tongues. Brushing your tongue should be part of your regular oral care routine. Brush your tongue gently with your toothbrush, or consult your dentist about safe and effective tongue scraping tools to incorporate into your routine.
Avoid Sugary and Acidic Foods
Sugary foods and beverages, such as candy and alcohol, are bad for your pearly whites. Sugar is converted into acid by oral bacteria, which erodes the enamel of your teeth, resulting in tooth decay and cavities.
Foods and beverages that are already acidic, such as fruits, teas, and coffee, have the same effect. Always brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis, and be aware of the impact your diet has on your teeth.
Increase Your Water Consumption
Water is essential for your overall health. Water is not only alkaline, but it also aids in the removal of food particles from your teeth and mouth. This means that drinking water after a meal or having a cup of coffee can help to reduce the damaging effects of sugars and acids on your teeth.
Consistent hydration is one of the most overlooked, yet crucial, aspects of your oral health and overall well-being.
Ready to make an appointment for your next check-up?
While we may not always realize it, our oral health and overall health are inextricably linked. DS Dental is always available to answer your questions and assist you in developing habits that will benefit your oral health.
Schedule your next appointment and talk to us about healthy habits to keep your mouth healthy.