Taking care of your teeth every day is actually pretty easy. The doctors at SpringLove Dentistry in Spring, TX suggests practicing these habits daily for a happy, healthy mouth.
Brush twice a day. Just two minutes twice a day can reap enormous oral health benefits. Brush your tongue to remove more bacteria, and use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen teeth. Be sure to change your toothbrush every two to three months – old bristles lose their cleaning ability.
Floss once a day. Your toothbrush can’t get between teeth, where food and bacteria become trapped and plaque can turn into tartar. Rub the floss up and down against the side of the tooth with the floss curved in a C shape. Floss before or after brushing – just be consistent and thorough.
Eat more vegetables, less sugar. Crunchy raw veggies and fruit like carrots, celery and apples help clean teeth as you eat them. Sugar sticks to teeth, and bacteria love sugar! Limiting desserts, starchy foods and high carb snack foods will limit decay-causing bacteria.
Drink plenty of water. Your mouth needs enough saliva to rinse away decay-causing food particles and neutralize enamel-eating acids. Black and green teas offer the added benefit of polyphenols, which may slow bacterial growth.
Avoid tobacco and smoking. Everyone knows tobacco stains teeth and causes bad breath. But did you know tobacco users are four times more likely to develop oral cancer? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that 80% of people with oral cancer use tobacco. An oral cancer check is part of every regular checkup at SpringLove Dentistry in the Houston area.
The number one tip to keep your mouth healthy – schedule a dental checkup twice a year. We can’t see every surface inside our own mouths. If we wait to see a dentist only when a symptom such as a sensitive tooth or bleeding gums starts to bother us, we’ll likely need much more dental work than if it had been caught in the early stages during a regular checkup.
It’s really not that difficult or time-consuming to enjoy good dental health. Just maintaining a few simple daily habits and regular dentist checkups at our Spring, TX office can help you enjoy a lifetime of talking, chewing and smiling.