Keeping Your Mouth Healthy Between Trips to the Dentist
No one wants to go to the dentist only to hear you’ve got problems like gingivitis, cavities, or worse that sends you straight back for dental repair work. Use the strategies below to keep your mouth healthy between visits to ensure you have a great check-up every six months.
Brush Your Teeth the Right Way
It’s advice you’ve been hearing since you were a preschooler, but it bears repeating. Here’s the best way to brush your teeth:
- Brush twice a day, typically in the morning and always before bed.
- Don’t skimp on time — spend at least two minutes brushing. Set a timer if you need to.
- Consider investing in an electric toothbrush, which are proven to get your mouth the cleanest. Many also come with bells and whistles like timed programs to help you get the most out of your toothbrush.
- Replace your toothbrush (or brush head if using an electric toothbrush) whenever the bristles start to look frayed or every three months (whichever comes first).
Make Flossing a Priority
We get it. Really. Flossing isn’t anyone’s favorite activity. But floss gets to places between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t, and those places tend to be the most prone to bacteria and plaque build-up that lead to cavities.
If you truly hate traditional floss, you might give flossing sticks a try, which allow you to floss on the go and without the hassle of traditional floss. Commit to flossing daily for a month, and we bet you’ll a) feel the difference, and b) not mind so much once it’s a habit.
Take Care of Yourself
Your overall health actually has a strong correlation with your dental health. If you’re not following a healthy diet, you’re going to find your mouth isn’t as healthy as it could be either. For example:
Vitamins and minerals help keep your teeth strong and your gums healthy.
Water helps maintain the level of saliva in your mouth, which washes away bacteria and food particles and in turn prevents bad breath and cavities.
Natural foods are much less likely to get stuck in your teeth and cause problems when compared to sugary treats that stick to the surfaces and get lodged in the crevices of your teeth.
Taking better care of your entire body will show during your dental check-up as well as your yearly physical.