By working at home and limiting your public outings, you’re helping to make the world a safer place. While you’ve been cooped up in your house, you’ve probably changed up your routine quite a bit. You may have tried to do stuff like pick up new hobbies or get more exercise. There is no better time to try new things, including upgrading your oral hygiene routine. Your dentist in Park City shares some habits that you should have to keep your smile happy and healthy.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is one of the best ways to remove plaque and bacteria. Be sure to use small circular motions. Brush the front, back, and top of each tooth. Brushing too hard can damage tooth enamel which can lead to tooth sensitivity and gum erosion. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush which should be replaced every 3 months.
Plaque and bacteria can get stuck between your teeth where your toothbrush is unable to reach. Flossing helps to remove it. Dentists recommend gently pushing the floss all the way down to the gumline and hugging the side of the tooth with up-and-down motions.
This is a common ingredient in mouthwash and toothpaste. Experts believe that it helps to prevent tooth decay. Be sure to purchase dental products that contain fluoride.
It is recommended to visit your dental office for routine cleanings every 6 months. Your hygienist will thoroughly clean the teeth and the dentist will check for visual signs of cavities, gum disease, mouth cancer, and other issues.
While using mouthwash does not substitute for flossing or brushing, it is a great addition to your oral hygiene routine. It often contains fluoride and other helpful ingredients that aid in preventing tooth decay and gingivitis.
Smoking tobacco products not only harms the body’s immune system. It is a risk factor for gum disease, leads to the yellowing of the teeth, and causes bad breath.
Good Eating Habits
Consuming sugary and starchy foods leads to an increased risk of cavities. The ADA recommends eating plenty of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables as well as dairy products without added sugar.
Drink More Water
Water is the best thing you can drink for your overall health. That is no different for the health of your teeth. By drinking water after meals, you are washing out extra food that is lingering in your mouth.
As so many people are at home, now is the best time to evaluate and readjust your oral hygiene routine. Having good dental habits is the best thing you can do to protect your smile!
About the Author
Dr. Cody Calderwood practices at Park City Dentistry. Since graduating from the University of Maryland, he has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education in all aspects of dentistry. He is involved with the American Dental Association, Wasatch Back Dental Society, and Utah Dental Association. Dr. Calderwood believes that having a healthy smile starts with good oral hygiene habits. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (435) 649-4343.