A healthy mouth means a healthier you! The connection between oral health and overall health remain largely unaware by the general public. Proper dental care greatly decreases your risk of gum and other mouth diseases and has been linked to a healthier well-being. Here are some of our dentists’ favorite tips for happy and healthy smiles!
1. Choose the right toothbrush.
The key to proper brushing is to first choose the right toothbrush. If you have sensitive gums make sure to choose a toothbrush with softer bristles. Some people think that tough bristles will mean a cleaner brush, but it’s important to not irritate or inflame your gums. A toothbrush with a small head will also be easier for you to reach those tough spots in the back.
2. Brush regularly.
Brush at least twice a day for 2-3 minutes each time, typically every morning and night. If you can, brush after every meal or rinse your mouth out after eating sugary foods. Drinking a lot of water throughout the day can help rinse away plaque build-up and prevent a dry-mouth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends switching out your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months to avoid any bacteria build-up. A good rule of thumb to follow is if your bristles are frayed, then it’s time to replace!
3. Limit sugary drinks and foods.
Soft drinks, fruits juices and other sugary drinks are very acidic and can cause cavities and sometimes tooth decay. Sodas that are “sugar-free” have their own acid, which damages tooth enamel. One of the leading causes of tooth decay is the steady consumption of soda. It’s especially important for kids and teens to limit their soft drink consumption because their enamel is not fully developed, making them more susceptible to tooth decay. Sugary foods are no different. Sticky foods (like dry fruit), hard candies, citrus and starch foods are some of the worst for your teeth. You can limit the damage they have on your enamel by brushing your teeth afterwards.
4. Don’t forget to floss!
Probably the most important and most forgotten aspect of dental hygiene is flossing. A recent study done by the AAP found that over a quarter of American adults lie to dentists about how often they floss. Why is it so important to floss? Flossing is critical to prevent gum disease, which one in every two adults over age 30 will experience. If you think you’re at risk of gum disease, schedule a general dentist appointment with us today!
5. Go to the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
Last but certainly not least, is to keep going to your dentist for regular check-ups and professional cleanings at least every six months. Even if you don’t think you have anything wrong, cleanings and check-ups are important preventative measures to maintaining a healthy smile. If you are experiencing swollen gums, toothaches or mouth bleeding, it’s time to see your general dentist for a check-up!Our goal here at Dr. Vendetti and Dr. Peterschmidt DMD is to provide our patients with all of the resources necessary for a healthy smile. We strive to be Eugene’s #1 choice for general and cosmetic dentistry. Contact us today!