Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Healthy at Home
While regular dental checkups are essential for keeping your smile healthy, what you do at home forms the foundation of good dental health. This means not just practicing good dental hygiene, but also avoiding habits that could hurt your teeth and gums.
1. Cleaning your teeth
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, preferably an electric toothbrush with a timer, to brush your teeth for about two minutes twice a day. At least once a day, clean between each set of teeth using an interdental cleaner or dental floss. You can also use an antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash for extra freshness.
2. Eating a balanced diet
You might not think of food as a way to combat oral disease, but your diet is pretty important for your dental health. A diet that is high in carbohydrates and processed foods, but low in nutrients increases your risk of dental problems. For the healthiest teeth and gums, eat a diet with a balance of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.
3. Protecting your smile
A mouth guard is a great way to protect your teeth from damage if you play sports or grind your teeth. A custom-fit mouth guard is more comfortable and can more effectively prevent damage. Ask us about the best mouth guard for your needs at your next checkup.
By following good practices at home, you can make sure that each visit with our dentist ends with a clean bill of dental health. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your next dental appointment with Dr. Frame.
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