Everyday habits could be helping or hurting your oral health.
How well do you care for your smile? If you brush and floss regularly than you may think you are doing everything you need to for your smile. Not so fast. You might be missing a crucial part of the oral hygiene puzzle. Our Columbia, SC, dentist Dr. Joel Johnson is here to provide you with helpful tips for making sure you are doing everything you should be for your oral health.
Visit the Dentist
Even if everything in your mouth feels hunky-dory you still need to visit your general dentist in Columbia, SC, every six months. Why? Well, plaque and tartar can easily linger in hard-to-reach places, which can lead to cavities and gum disease if you aren’t careful. Our professional dental cleanings ensure that you have a healthy, cavity-free smile. Preventive dentistry is key to a healthy smile for the long term.
Brush Twice a Day
This habit is really not that difficult and yet you would be surprised to hear just how many people only brush their teeth once a day. To keep your smile healthy it’s important that you brush your teeth in the morning and then again right before bedtime. Don’t forget to brush all surfaces of your teeth (front, back and chewing surfaces), as well as your tongue. Also, don’t forget to replace your toothbrush head every 3-4 months, or once the bristles start to look worn and frayed.
How long should you brush? We’re so glad you asked! You should make sure that you are brushing for at least 2 minutes each time you brush. Not sure you’re brushing long enough? Don’t worry; you can always set a timer on your smartphone to let you know that you’ve spent the right amount of time on cleaning your teeth.
Flossing is Key
Good oral health also means flossing regularly. In order to keep spaces between teeth and the gumline healthy, you should be flossing once a day. Make sure that you are also using a clean section of floss for each tooth. Always be gentle when flossing, as being too aggressive could lead to gum injuries.
Eating Healthy = A Healthy Smile
It’s important that you are getting the proper nutrients you need for a beautiful, radiant smile. Avoiding sugar and refined starches (e.g. white bread; pasta) are key to reducing your risk for decay. This means nixing sodas, sports drinks, some fruit juices (those with added sugars), cakes, cookies and other desserts. Instead, drink lots of water and enjoy a healthy, balanced diet.
Do you have questions about your oral care routine? Want to schedule your next cleaning with us? If so, call our Columbia, SC, dental office today. We are happy to provide your smile with the treatment and care it deserves.