Our goal is for every patient to have good oral health for life. You can keep your mouth healthy and avoid many dental issues just by limiting foods and drinks that harm your teeth. Here are a few tips to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life:
Brush Teeth 2 -3 Times a Day
Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day. If you’re away from home and can’t brush after a meal, rinsing your mouth with water is helpful. It is actually possible to brush your teeth too much. If you eat several times a day, it’s not necessary to brush each time, as over-brushing can wear down enamel.
Change Your Toothbrush Regularly & Store it Properly
Dr. Hite, as well as the American Dental Association, recommend you change your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed. Once the bristles are worn down, they won’t clean your teeth as well.
If your toothbrush is kept in a shared holder, make sure the brushes don’t touch each other, which can cause cross contamination. Unless you’re traveling, don’t keep a cover over your toothbrush. Being in the open air allows your toothbrush to dry thoroughly, reducing the opportunity for bacteria to grow.
We recommend flossing once a day in addition to regular brushing. No toothbrush can get the food particles between teeth. It they aren’t removed, it can lead to plaque build-up, tooth decay and bad breath.
Limit the Sugar
For optimum dental health, watch your sugar intake. Sugar is in a lot of foods, not just candy and desserts, and it’s known to lead to tooth decay. Eating a balanced diet is best for your teeth, and for most people, that means reducing sugar intake.
Kick the Soda Habit
Drinking soda, especially if you sip on one all day, is a major cause of tooth decay. Soda is sugary, or full of artificial sweeteners, and is not good for teeth or your overall health. Limit the soda, and drink more water. You’ll feel better and your teeth will be much healthier.
Regular Dental Checkups
Having regular dental checkups, especially the comprehensive dental exams we provide, is the best way to prevent serious dental issues. Most dental issues are preventable, or can be minimized, if they’re caught early. Early detection and treatment is almost always easier and less costly to treat, and you end up with healthier, nicer-looking teeth.