One of the wisest things you can do in life is seek out the guidance of a professional or expert within an industry. This is especially true in the dental field. While just over 60% of Americans say they brush their teeth twice every day, as many as 25% only brush a few times a week. As dental hygienists, these numbers make us cringe! Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. If you are not keeping this gateway clean, it can affect your overall health and wellness. If you are ready for a healthy smile, here are some of the best tips from a dental hygienist.
Brush Your Teeth
Okay, this one should be obvious. If you aren’t brushing your teeth at present, please start. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice per day for two minutes each time. Brushing too often can damage your enamel, so sticking with the American Dental Association’s guidelines is essential. It is also vital to remember that not all toothbrushes and toothpaste are created equal. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush as opposed to medium or hard-bristled. This will protect your enamel from damage. Also, be sure to purchase a new one every three to four months. Choosing a toothpaste that has fluoride is the best practice for a healthy mouth. You can also select products from the ADA’s list that have earned the ‘Seal of Acceptance.’
Eat a Healthy Diet
You probably hear this from every medical provider, and for a good reason! Eating a proper diet balanced with carbs, proteins, and healthy fats is essential to maintaining optimal health for your body – and your teeth! If you have questions about a nutritious diet, we encourage you to find a certified dietician or nutritionist. Our recommendation is to keep the sugars to a minimum. Avoid sugary beverages and stick to water. If you do have a sweet tooth, try to steer clear of hard candies or sticky sugars that can get lodged in your teeth for long periods. It is also essential to brush and floss after consuming sugar to eliminate any glucose-loving bacteria. Also, drink your weight (in ounces) in water every day.
Maintain a Regular Dental Schedule
If you are not seeing a dentist regularly, it is time to establish care. We would love to care for your teeth and mouth at Exceptional Smiles. Our top tip as dental hygienists is to see a dentist at least twice per year for an exam, cleaning, and set of x-rays. These deep cleanings help prevent tooth decay, and an exam and x-rays will help your dentist detect and treat any issues that may arise. Right now, we are offering new patients an initial visit for just $59. Your healthy smile is a priority for us!