Maintaining your oral health is as simple as brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily. However, having optimal oral health, especially in between bi-annual visits with your dentist and hygienist, requires additional steps that impact not just your smile but your overall wellness. It’s important to consider what you eat, your habits, and even the tools you need in your everyday oral care routine that betters the quality of your health. Here are a few areas that can get a boost to develop healthier smiles.
It’s known to all that brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is an established principle needed in any oral hygiene routine. However, as we continue throughout our day snacking or eating, there is an opportunity for bacteria to develop before brushing our teeth at night. Consider a mid-day brush after lunch to remove any debris sitting on the surface of your teeth and tongue. If that’s not possible, just floss or rinse your mouth with mouthwash. Not only do these tools have gum health benefits, but they remove leftover food preventing the development of cavity-producing bacteria and acid. Either keep dental floss and mouthwash in your bag or at your desk and you can have fresh smelling breath and a clean smile for the rest of the day.
Nutrition and Acidity
Keeping a healthy diet isn’t just beneficial for your teeth but the rest of the smile as well. Adding vegetables and fruits are a great source of nutrients that keep teeth healthy and strong. Antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, and D, calcium, and protein all play a role in enhancing tooth structure, gum health, and connective tissue development. They also boost immune function.
Certain vegetables, such as celery and apples, aid in the removal of debris in the smile due to their texture, just the act of eating these items allows for saliva to wash away any leftover food in the mouth. Keeping fats to a minimum and having a balanced diet will help your body feel great and function better and it will also maintain teeth, gums, and overall oral health.
If you participate in a sport or live an active lifestyle, it’s important to protect your smile from trauma. Teeth can be cracked, chipped, or even lost due to emergency situations. Always wear your mouth guard whenever possible to prevent serious damage to your smile.
For more information about oral health and how to better maintain a healthy smile, contact Dr. Eric Fugier’s dental office today.