A Winning Smile 5 Tips for Healthy Teeth
Good oral health is about more than just avoiding cavities—caring for your teeth can prevent dental disease and protect your overall health.
A Winning Smile: 5 Tips for Healthy Teeth
Good oral health is about more than just avoiding cavities—caring for your teeth can prevent dental disease and protect your overall health. Follow these five simple steps and you'll keep your teeth and gums happy and healthy.
1. Find a dentist you like and trust
Having consistent dental care is important. Take your time choosing a dentist who is a good fit for you. You will, after all, be seeing this important health care provider on a regular basis.
2. Visit your dentist at least once a year
Regular dental appointments allow your dentist to monitor and treat common problems, such as cavities and plaque. And he or she will also help maintain your oral hygiene, which can prevent more serious conditions like gum disease.
3. Speak up if you're nervous about dental visits
Tell your hygienist or dentist if you are scared or nervous during dental treatments. This way, they will be better prepared to guide you through each visit. Try to relax during your appointment—listen to music, use a stress toy to relieve tension or try deep, meditative breathing.
4. Brush twice a day
Two minutes of brushing twice daily helps prevent tooth decay and disease. Brush the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth, as well as the chewing surfaces, and hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Brushes should be replaced three or four times a year, and you should use toothpaste that contains fluoride.
5. Clean between your teeth every day too
Bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease can stick around, even after brushing. To get rid of plaque and food material that gets stuck between your teeth, use dental floss or another approved interdental cleaner once per day.
References: Academy of General Dentistry; American Dental Association