It may be a little late for New Years Resolutions, but it is always the right time to make healthy choices – especially during National Oral Health Month! Whether you are a committed tooth brusher and floss boss or you need a little nudge when it comes to dental hygiene, we have compiled a few tidbits of advice to help you get back on the right dental track!
We could all improve our dental health, so while some of these tips may not be new, we hope it gives you a chance to re-evaluate your habits and take your dental routine to the next level.
- Brush Twice Daily for Two Minutes. Dentists recommend this frequency for brushing as optimal for dental health. But, the frequency isn’t the only important part. Make sure to brush in small circles at a 45-degree angle with a soft-bristled toothbrush. A hard-bristle brush will damage your enamel.
- Don’t Forget the Fluoride. No, fluoride is not only for children. Fluoride is an essential mineral that helps strengthen your teeth and prevents tooth decay. Your toothpaste should say whether or not it contains fluoride, but if you have questions you can also look up the ADA ‘Seal of Acceptance’ when it comes to the right products to use on your teeth.
- Hydrate. Drink more water every day. Water is not only great for your overall health, but it combats chronic dry mouth and bad breath and helps promote healthy saliva levels.
The Do Nots
Perhaps even more important than the “dos” list, the things to avoid can make a huge difference in your oral health.
- Cut the Sugar. If there was only one bit of advice we could give our patients it would be to cut out sugar. The bacteria in your mouth love to feast on sugars. Unfortunately, when that sugar is attached to your teeth it leads to cavities, plaque, and severe tooth decay.
- Stop Smoking. The leading cause of oral cancers is tobacco use. Do yourself a favor and stop smoking or using chewing tobacco right away.
The Most Important Step
We saved the most important tip for last – see your dentist! Visiting your dentist for routine cleanings, exams, and x-rays at least twice per year is the best way to a healthy mouth. Not only do you get a fresh, clean mouth at the end, but your dentist will be able to detect any serious issues and propose treatments.
More than 54,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, so do your part and schedule an appointment with us at College Ave Modern Dental today. We would love to care for your teeth!