It may come as a surprise that what you do every day can affect the health of your smile, but it’s true! What you eat, the healthy (or unhealthy) habits you have, how often you visit the dentist—all factor into the health of your smile. Additionally, keeping your smile healthy can improve your overall health, too. Follow these 4 tips and have a healthy smile for your whole life:
Tip 1 – Brush your teeth twice a day
You’ve probably had a dentist talk to you about plaque. This sticky bacterial film accumulates on your teeth every day, which is why brushing your teeth is so important. If plaque isn’t removed, it will harden into tartar and can lead to gum inflammation and infection (otherwise known as gingivitis). Gently brushing your teeth for two minutes every morning and evening with a soft-bristled toothbrush can help remove this layer of plaque from your teeth.
Tip 2 – Floss your teeth each day
Brushing twice a day is a great habit to get into, but it’s not enough to keep your teeth clean. Flossing removes the food particles that are trapped between your teeth and cannot be reached with a toothbrush. Cavities often develop between teeth where plaque and debris have been left to harden into bacterial-releasing tartar. Flossing may seem like a chore but completing this oral hygiene task can save you from experiencing the pain and danger of a cavity.
Tip 3 – Maintain healthy lifestyle habits
Brushing and flossing are excellent ways to keep your teeth healthy. But to ensure your whole smile is healthy, eat a well-balanced diet so your body gets the correct number of vitamins, proteins, and minerals. Refrain from smoking, tobacco use, or drinking alcohol to further improve your overall and oral health. Keep sugar and carbohydrates to a minimum to avoid cavities and gum disease and other health risks like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Tip 4 – Visit your dentist regularly
Even if you practice good oral hygiene and are in good health, don’t skip appointments at your dentist's office! A professional dental cleaning, examination, and x-rays are all preventative measures designed to keep your mouth in tip-top shape, prevent cavities and oral diseases, and screen for oral cancer. As many dental problems have few noticeable symptoms, these appointments are especially important for maintaining the health of your smile.
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