Best Practices for Maintaining a Healthy Smile

August 3, 2022
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Are your teeth well-kept? If you are struggling to keep healthy teeth or just have put no effort into your oral hygiene at all, it is never too late to start!

There are some steps you can take to go above and beyond to have a perfectly straight and white smile, but there are some basic simple steps if you simply want healthy teeth.

How to Keep a Healthy Mouth

Smile a little brighter by considering these extraordinary steps that can help improve your overall dental health.

First, you want to make sure you floss every day. Make it a point not to skip a day, as flossing is imperative to your overall dental health.

Flossing helps to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease since flossing allows you to get in between those hard places between your teeth. Plus, flossing can help to make your breath smell fresher, too, which is a bonus.

Second, you want to aim to brush your teeth for at least two minutes each brushing session.

With everything in our life being so go, go, go, it can be easy to brush really quickly, spit, rinse and go about your day. However, by doing this, you are making brushing your teeth a moot point.

Instead, you must ensure you brush your teeth for at least two minutes. If your toothbrush (i.e., electric toothbrush) doesn’t have a timer, you can hum the “Happy Birthday” song at least twice to reach the two minutes.

Finally, it is essential to make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day. A dry mouth can increase your risk of cavities. Therefore, drink water throughout the day to ensure your mouth produces enough saliva to rid your teeth of bacteria.

Skipping acidic drinks like sodas and sports drinks can also help improve your dental health, as the acid can wear away the enamel on your teeth. The safest bet is to stick with water, and if you drink anything else, brush your teeth immediately after.

Did you set up your next dental appointment yet? Give the Cottonwood Dental Group a call today!

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