To celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month, our team at Northwest Dental Group wants to help you practice great habits to keep your smile as healthy as possible. We’ll help you do that with deep cleanings and thorough exams in Rochester, MN, but there are plenty of healthy habits you can practice at home, too!
Your Checklist For Good Dental Hygiene
Here are several dental hygiene practices to guide your daily brushing and flossing routine!
*Don’t Skip Dental Floss*
A startling number of people, according to studies, admit to not flossing everyday.
But this is one of the most important parts of daily oral hygiene! Not flossing puts you at a much higher risk for gum disease, and because of that, tooth loss!
*Brush Your Teeth The Right Way*
We suggest following the American Dental Association guidelines for brushing your teeth.
That’s twice a day for two minutes each time using a soft-bristle toothbrush.
The ADA also recommends keeping your brush at a 45 degree angle, and to be careful not to scrub too vigorously.
You can also brush your tongue to reduce the amount of bacteria inside your mouth!
*Choose The Right Toothpaste*
Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride because it helps restore and strengthen your tooth enamel. Fluoride is also a natural mineral that lowers your chances for developing tooth decay and cavities.
More Helpful Dental Tips!
Here are several more helpful dental tips from your friends at Northwest Dental Group!
If you want to prevent tooth decay, limiting sugar is a must.
Obviously, soda is loaded with sugar, and recent studies show a staggering 62% increase in tooth decay risk for people who drink three or more soft drinks daily. On top of the sugar, they’re also very acidic, which will erode your enamel and weaken your teeth.
You already know the health risks of using tobacco products. But what many people don’t realize is that smoking can double your risk for gum disease, too.
A healthy mouth is a healthy body, so quitting tobacco is a win-win for your smile!
*Eat More Fruits & Veggies*
For your teeth, the best fruits and veggies are the crunchy ones because eating them encourages saliva production. This will protect your teeth from harmful acids.
Celery and apples, in particular, also help scrub your teeth clean as you chew them.
*Include Calcium & Vitamin D*
Along with fruits and vegetables, you should be sure to include plenty of calcium and vitamin D into your diet. These are plentiful in dairy products, which will help strengthen your bones, gums, as well as your teeth.
*Drink Lots Of Water*
To shield your teeth and gums from the acids that exist to attack them, you have to drink lots of water. That’s because saliva is the layer of coating your teeth need for protection and strength.
You also need saliva to help wash food particles away in between cleanings.
Schedule An Appointment!
Without professional dental care, your efforts at home can only go so far in keeping your smile healthy.
So, our final bit of advice is, perhaps, most important of all.
It’s to visit your Rochester, MN dentist on a regular basis for dental cleanings and exams.