A healthy smile can truly change how you feel, perceive yourself, and your overall confidence. Having a beautiful smile is critical in your self-esteem, and maintaining that sense of assurance is important for many people. But how do you stay on top of your hygiene game? Here are five practical ways to make sure that your teeth (and you!) are in the best condition.
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: floss regularly! Flossing goes between every tooth and loosens the debris build up between teeth. Those who floss regularly have a decreased chance of developing nasty gum diseases like gingivitis.
Limit Stain Causes
A big fan of coffee and red wine? Moderation is key! Certain foods and beverages are known to stain teeth with extended use. Additional foods that are known to stain include blueberries, tomato sauce, and soy sauce. Stay vigilant by brushing after meals and especially after ones you know will cause stains.
Twice a Day
Much like flossing, we all know this rule: brush twice a day. By brushing, you’re getting rid of build up from eating and drinking. The buildup (plaque) can harden into tartar, but frequent brushing helps your teeth to stay healthy and clean.
Eat the Best Foods
Just like there are foods than can cause stains on your teeth, there are also foods that are excellent for your teeth. Stock up on plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, tea, and cheese. How’s that for some healthy snacking?
Talk about Dental Sealants
If you’re wanting to really one-up your oral hygiene, talk to your dentist on your next visit about dental sealants. These sealants can help prevent tooth decay and last up to ten years by sealing up small grooves and nooks in your teeth.
Although these tips are by no means an exhaustive list, they can help you get on the right track towards a healthier, beautiful, and confident smile. If you have any questions about more ways to help your teeth along, feel free to talk with our staff about other options!