It’s no secret that in order to have healthy teeth for the rest of your life, you need to take care of them in the proper manner. Unfortunately, most people think that all you need to do to achieve that lifelong health is to brush and floss on a regular basis. However, the opposite is true: it takes a lot more than just brushing and flossing. Take a look at our five no brainer tips for lifelong dental health.
- Proper Brushing and Flossing
Okay, we just said that brushing and flossing isn’t the only thing that goes into lifelong dental health, but we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t important. You should be brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
While it’s common knowledge that you should be brushing and flossing regularly, it’s also important to note that you should be brushing and flossing the right way. Brush using an up-and-down, back-and-forth motion. Use a 45-degree angle to get the harder to reach areas like the inside surfaces of your teeth.
- Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
You should replace your toothbrush at least once every three months. This will help you avoid bristles that just aren’t doing the job anymore. You should also replace a toothbrush after any time you are sick to avoid lingering germs.
- Use Mouthwash
While mouthwash isn’t necessarily required for good dental health, it can help to get a lot of the gunk that your brushing and flossing may have missed. It also helps manage the germs in your mouth for better breath. Remember, mouthwash can’t, and shouldn’t replace brushing and flossing, but it can do enough to take your dental health to the next level.
- Avoid Substances that Actively Damage Your Teeth
It’s true. Sugar can destroy your teeth if you consume an overabundance of it. The same rings true for food and drink that contains corn syrup and food dye. All of these can make your otherwise white teeth appear discolored and dull.
Avoid other substances such tobacco, coffee, and alcohol, as well. Tobacco is the leading cause of oral cancer and periodontal issues. It can also discolor your teeth. One thing many people don’t think about is all the candy and other substances you consume to mask the smell of tobacco, which can also wreak havoc on your teeth.
- Visit Your Dentist Regularly
One of the most helpful things you can do for your teeth is to visit us, your friendly Bryan dentist, on a regular basis. If you’re getting regular checkups and cleanings from us, we can consistently monitor changes in your oral health that may need attention. We’ll be able to catch things and prevent them from turning into more serious, expensive complications in the future. If you’re due for a checkup, contact us for more information.
Ultimately, the most important aspect to dental health is caring about your teeth enough to take the appropriate preventative actions. If you’re unsure of what you’re doing right or wrong with your dental hygiene, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.