Healthy teeth don’t happen overnight. But starting and maintaining a few healthy habits is all it takes to achieve a lifetime of good oral health. And since oral health is closely connected to overall health, giving your teeth some TLC will also help you prevent avoidable infections throughout the body.
Here are four easy ways you can improve your oral health starting today.
1. Make brushing part of your bedtime routine
While dentists generally recommend brushing twice each day, the most important time to brush is at night after you’ve finished eating for the day. This is because you’ve got a whole day’s worth of germs, plaque, and bits of food that have accumulated throughout the day. If you regularly skip brushing, bacteria in your mouth can get out of control and travel to other parts of the body, causing infections. Committing to a nightly brushing routine is a big step toward improving your oral health. Bonus: it only takes a couple of minutes to do.
2. Floss like you mean it
If you often skip flossing, you’re not alone. After a good brushing, your mouth feels so clean it might seem like you don’t need to floss. But flossing isn’t just for cleaning out the food stuck between your teeth. It also stimulates the gums and helps to remove plaque, preventing tooth decay and gum disease. And good news—you don’t have to floss every time you brush. Even if you just floss once a day, you’ll improve your oral health.
3. Drink water after every meal
It seems like everywhere you turn, someone is recommending you drink more water. While we agree that everyone needs to drink plenty of water, we want to focus on the most beneficial time to drink it—after a meal. Drinking water after each meal helps wash the acid from food and beverages from our teeth in between brushing, which protects our tooth enamel and keeps our teeth looking healthy.
4. See your dentist twice a year
Even the most diligent brushers and flossers benefit from regular dental checkups. Getting a nice deep clean from your dentist twice a year will help keep your oral health in check. Plus, it helps to regularly check for cavities or small issues that can lead to bigger problems down the road if left unresolved. With so much time between each dental appointment though, we get that it’s hard to remember to make and keep those appointments. Check out our tips for staying on top of your dental exams.
Has it been a while since your last dental checkup? Come see us—we promise not to judge. Start improving your oral health today by requesting an appointment at one of our locations.