Do you struggle with frequent cavities? Has your dentist recently informed you that you’re suffering from gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease? It’s time to take your at-home hygiene up a notch to keep your healthy, natural smile for life. In this post, we’ll discuss seven simple steps you can take today to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
1 – Eat the Right Diet
You are what you eat, and that includes your smile. Eating diets rich in nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and potassium can dramatically improve your oral health, especially if you avoid sugary or acidic foods and drinks.
2 – Pick the Right Toothpaste
As long as you’re brushing properly, just about any toothpaste will work, but if you suffer from chronic decay, have weakened tooth enamel, or experience dental sensitivity, you may want to pay more attention to what products you use. Toothpaste with fluoride is great to reduce the risk of tooth decay and strengthen weakened enamel. Toothpaste that uses a combination of fluoride and potassium nitrate is best for patients with dental sensitivity.
3 – Flossing Is Essential
You really can’t skip daily flossing. We know that this chore isn’t anyone’s favorite, but it is truly essential to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. When you skip your daily flossing, you aren’t thoroughly cleaning the spaces between teeth and around the gum line. This allows plaque to buildup and hardens into tartar (also called calculus) that needs to be removed by a professional.
4 – Consider Mouthwash
While mouthwash isn’t one of the essential oral hygiene tools, it can add a boost in efficacy to your at-home dental care routine. A quality antimicrobial oral rinse can dramatically decrease the risk of tooth decay, gum, disease, and dental sensitivity. If you’re too busy to brush between meals, mouthwash is a great option to remove stuck-on food and plaque.
5 – Maintain Biannual Dental Appointments
Visiting a trusted dentist twice a year for checkups and teeth cleanings is a great way to limit your risk for tooth decay and other oral health concerns. During these preventive dentistry visits, your dental care team we partner with you to create a personalized plan to keep your smile healthy.
6 – Stay Hydrated
Water is essential to every part of bodily function, and it’s important to oral health as well. Drinking plenty of water reduces your risk for dry mouth. Water also rinses out the mouth, removing foods, acids, and sugars that can stick to teeth causing damage. If you don’t have time to brush or use mouthwash after you consume an especially sugary or acidic meal, drink a glass of water.
7 – Avoid Tobacco Use
Tobacco use has adverse effects on every aspect of your oral and overall health. When you stop smoking or using other forms of tobacco, you increase your life expectancy and decrease your risk for numerous diseases affecting oral and whole-body health.
Meet the Kristoff & Associates Family Dentistry Team
At Kristoff & Associates Family Dentistry of Carmel, we are dedicated to helping patients keep their natural smiles for life. With regular preventive dental exams, oral hygiene education, and recommendations to improve at-home care, we’re here to support our patients in keeping their smiles sparkling. Ready to get started? Call our Carmel dental office today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!