A simple, genuine smile is one of the most beautiful things in the world! Getting a smile from someone you love is one of the best feelings in the world, and as dentists, we’ve committed our lives to care for your family’s smiles. Our standards are high; we treat each patient like one of our own family members, with respect, attentiveness, and the highest level of skill. We want you to have a positive experience every time you interact with our practice. We also want to empower you to care for your smile every day at home, so here are 5 tips to keep your smile healthy!
Get quality toothbrushes. Many of the new electric toothbrushes remove plaque more effectively, providing better routine cleaning for your teeth. If you’re not ready to invest in electric brushes yet, no worries. Buy a new soft-bristled brush every three months for maximum effectiveness and practice thorough brushing habits.
Encourage drinking lots of water. Drinking water is one of the best health habits–for both your oral and overall health. Tap water is fluoridated which helps strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. If drinking water is a chore, experiment with switching things up a bit: getting a new water bottle, putting mint leaves, lemon slices, or raspberries in your water to give it a little flavor, or, if you’re the competitive type, having a 30-day water drinking challenge with a friend or co-worker to help you kickstart the habit of drinking more water.
Floss. There’s no substitute for flossing! Flossing provides care and cleaning for parts of the teeth and gums that nothing else can reach. Feel free to experiment with interdental brushes, water picks, or floss picks, if you really, really, really hate flossing with the traditional string method.
Create a routine. Habits thrive on a consistent schedule. Creating a normal routine for brushing twice a day and flossing at least once is key. Whether you brush right after every meal or first thing in the morning and right before bed is up to you, but making it consistent will help you keep your smile in tip-top condition.
Schedule consistent checkups. Most dental issues are painless at first. Small cavities and early gum problems don’t advertise their presence, but your dentists can catch and treat decay in the early stages and prevent larger, painful, and more expensive problems from developing.
We hope these tips are helpful to you! Here’s an infographic from ADA with some “bonus” tips! If you have questions about this post or any other dental healthcare questions, we’d love to hear from you and help you find answers.