Daily Habits for Maintaining Good Dental Hygiene
Each day provides a new opportunity to care for your teeth and gums. With the proper attitude about oral hygiene, you can prevent issues with decay and gum disease. Try to incorporate the following habits into your daily routine to keep your teeth and gums healthier.
Brush Your Teeth Longer
Most people move a toothbrush around in their mouth for a few seconds before spitting out the toothpaste and rinsing with some water. If you want to get the most out of your time brushing your teeth, however, it is important to keep the brush in your mouth for at least two minutes. You should also use dental floss at least once a day to target food and plaque that your toothbrush might have missed.
Change Your Diet
If you eat a lot of foods with sugar and starch, you might be increasing your risk for developing cavities. Bacteria in the mouth thrive on sugar and starch. When it comes into contact with these ingredients, it can lead to acid development on your teeth, which can break down your enamel and cause cavities. Try to limit the amount of sugar and starch in your diet to reduce your risk for these oral issues.
Drink More Water
The body naturally produces saliva to help clean out the mouth and prevent food and plaque building. You can increase the effectiveness of saliva by drinking more water throughout the day. Try to drink a glass of water after each meal to prevent so much food from getting stuck between your teeth. This also helps you stay properly hydrated, which can benefit your entire body.
Do not forget to visit Dr. John Carson at least twice a year for routine cleanings and checkups that can help you maintain the health of your teeth and gums even more. When you see the dentist regularly and maintain good oral hygiene at home, you can prevent decay and periodontal disease. To learn more about our office or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (520) 514-7203.