It’s time to find out whether you are doing everything you need to for a healthy smile.
Your oral health is just as important as maintaining good general health. Of course, some people start to slack on their oral routine. Maybe you fall asleep before you can floss your teeth or you have a sweet tooth that rules what you eat. Our Plantation, FL, dentist Dr. Annette Middelhof is here to provide you with the ultimate tips for maintaining a healthy, glowing smile.
While everyone knows that they have to brush their teeth in order to maintain a healthy smile not everyone knows that there are proper techniques to ensure that you aren’t leaving plaque and bacteria behind.
- Make sure that you are brushing at least twice a day (ideally you should aim to brush your teeth after every meal)
- Set a timer for 2 minutes and make sure you are brushing for the full 2 minutes (most people don’t brush long enough)
- Change out your toothbrush head every 3-4 months, or immediately after illness (if the bristles are frayed it’s time to replace it)
- Look for a toothbrush and oral care products that sport the ADA seal of approval
- Use fluoride toothpaste, which supports healthy tooth enamel and aids in the prevention of cavities
You need to be flossing once a day to ensure that plaque isn’t allowed to build up between teeth and along the gumline. Brushing isn’t enough to remove plaque from these hard-to-reach spots. In order to get the most from flossing, follow these simple rules:
- Be generous with the amount of floss you use (around 18 inches of floss should be enough)
- Floss at night before brushing your teeth to dislodge plaque from between teeth before cleaning them
- Make sure you use a clean section of floss for each tooth
- Be gentle when flossing between teeth (never snap the floss out from between teeth)
- Make a “C” shape with the floss around the side of the tooth and gently move the floss up and down along the tooth
Diet and Lifestyle Tips
Certain habits and lifestyle choices can also affect your oral health.
- Make sure you are visiting your Plantation, FL, general dentist every six months for cleanings
- Eat a smile-friendly diet that is low in sugar, alcohol and starches
- Find ways to combat issues like teeth grinding
- Quit smoking or using tobacco products
- Wear a mouthguard whenever you are playing contact sports
If it’s high time you schedule your next dental cleaning or if you are concerned that you might be dealing with a dental problem then it’s time to call Enchanting Dentistry in Plantation, FL. We are here to treat dental issues, ease concerns and provide you with the best dental care you can find.