When it comes to our health, our mouth usually isn’t what comes to mind. Yet, because our oral health can impact the rest of our health, it’s more important than ever to step up our dental care. In honor of World Oral Health Day (March 20th), here are seven ways to think mouth, think health!
- Brush twice a day and floss daily.
Yes, that may seem self-explanatory, but 30% of Americans don’t floss twice a day, and 20% of Americans never floss. Because brushing and flossing remove food particles and plaque, control tartar, and prevent cavities, they’re an indispensable aspect of oral health. Aim to brush twice a day for two minutes, and squeeze in some flossing time, too!
- Keep an eye on your fluoride.
Fluoride, a chemical commonly added to water, toothpastes, and mouthwashes, helps restore your teeth’s enamel and protect them against acids from food and drink. Look for fluoride-fortified toothpastes and mouthwashes, and check to see if your city has fluoride added to its water. Your dentist will be able to monitor your level of fluoride and can even perform in-office fluoride treatments for an extra fluoride boost!
- Avoid sugary foods.
Sugary foods aren’t just bad for your waistline — they can eat away your teeth’s enamel, too! To protect your teeth, eat a balanced diet and have sugary foods in moderation. Splurged on some cookies or cake? Wait 30 minutes, then brush your teeth to shield them from enamel-eating acids.
- Avoid smoking.
Yes, we know you’ve been told before. Smoking increases your risk for oral cancer, bone loss, gum disease, and bad breath. Quit while you’re ahead — your mouth will thank you!
- Protect your teeth while playing sports.
Especially for children active in sports, protecting your teeth is critical. When playing any high-impact sport, make sure to wear a mouthguard. The last thing anyone wants is missing teeth!
- Teach your children about good oral health.
Establishing a good oral health routine is critical for children. Get your children brushing and flossing every day — soon, it will become second nature!
- Visit the dentist every 6 months.
A professional cleaning and X-rays help keep your teeth on track and nip any potential problems in the bud. Make sure to squeeze some time in twice a year to make sure everything is as it should be.
Ready to get your teeth in their best condition ever? Call our office today to get yourself one step closer to a healthy everything.