Just because Valentine’s Day has passed doesn’t mean you have to stop with self-love! At Tyler Family Dental, we want to make sure your smile gets the love and attention it deserves. Keeping your smile bright and healthy involves more than brushing and flossing daily. Taking the health of your smile to the next level can be done by working on a few simple tasks into your oral health routine. We hope these straightforward tips on keeping your smile in good health will give you something to be excited about.
Here are six simple practices you can adopt at home to elevate your oral care routine:
- Don’t spend too much time on your favorite sugary drinks. Some people finish their favorite latte or soda in a few quick gulps, while others nurse on it for hours. So why is finishing it quickly more beneficial for your teeth? Suppose your teeth are being exposed to sugar over a more extended time. In that case, bacteria in your mouth that use sugar as a food source will metabolize it into lactic acid. This acid can eventually dissolve the healthy minerals on your teeth, leading to cavities down the road.
- Don’t brush too often. You may feel the need to brush your teeth after every meal. However, brushing more than twice per day can damage your gums and enamel. If you still feel the need to have your mouth feel clean after every meal, try rinsing with plain water. This will disrupt food particles without placing extra pressure on your teeth or gums.
- Start by brushing in the back of your mouth. All of us are probably guilty of skimping on paying attention to brushing our back teeth during our oral care routine. These teeth need some love! Your molars are more prone to infection and gum disease because of all the hard-to-reach spots surrounding them. Brushing your back teeth before the rest of your mouth will ensure you are not too fatigued to hit all the right places!
- Eat teeth-whitening foods. Did you know that there are foods that can help whiten your teeth? Crunchy foods generally need to be chewed for longer, and therefore your mouth will generate more saliva while eating them. Saliva assists in neutralizing acids that wear down your enamel, which will help prevent yellowing. In addition to this, foods that are coarse and rich in fiber, such as apples, pears, carrots, lettuce, celery, and cucumbers, can help rid the surfaces of your teeth of accumulated plaque.
- Keep your toothbrush holder clean. This may not be a step you think of taking when it comes to keeping your teeth themselves clean. If you haven’t cleaned your toothbrush holder in a while and take a close look at it, you may notice that it has accumulated grime. Your toothbrush holder holds on to many of the germs that reside in your bathroom and is known to be the third-dirtiest household item. To keep it clean, we recommend washing it in your dishwasher a couple of times per week!
- Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush. Have you ever had trouble with sensitivity while brushing your teeth? This may be due to applying too much pressure as you brush, which can be exacerbated by the quality of the bristles on your toothbrush of choice. It is common knowledge that you should switch out your toothbrush every few months. Make sure you keep doing this but pick up a soft-bristled brush on your next trip for a switch. In addition to these brushes being better for your teeth and gums, applying less pressure when you brush will help minimize abrasiveness.
Keeping your smile in top shape should be something you strive towards no matter what time of year it is! Following these six simple steps will definitely improve the health of your teeth. If you’re interested in treating yourself to something extra, Tyler Family Dental offers both take-home teeth whitening kits and in-office whitening. We promise both of these options will increase your confidence and make you even more proud of your smile! Give us a call at (903) 597-3940 if you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions about our teeth whitening or other cosmetic options. Learn more about gum care.