Eating vitamin-rich, healthy foods is essential to a healthy life. But we know it is easy to forget the basics for a well-maintained and healthy smile. What you eat is important, as it will have an overall affect on your oral health. Many dentists will see disease before your doctor can, as your teeth and mouth can tell a story to your overall health.
Brushing and flossing each day is important but it’s not to say it is the only thing to do. Here are other health tips to help you make the right choice for your health.
Look at the ingredients
Reading the ingredients in your food is key to your health but how often do you read the food labels of your toothpaste and mouthwash? The ingredients could play a key role in your mouth health. When you want a minty fresh breath avoid chemicals and gimmicks. Many big brand names will make false claims that can actually hurt your health.
Always check your toothpastes ingredients and make sure there are no agents that will cause drying such as alcohol which can cause even more damage than good. All natural is one way to go with toothpastes and even mouthwash because the natural ingredients will not irritate sensitive teeth or gums. They will get rid of bacteria build up in the mouth and also leave lasting freshness.
Spend more on a toothbrush
Buying a flimsy $2 toothbrush is not really going to help your long-term dental health. Investing in a toothbrush and spending a little but more can make a difference in your health. If you can, spring for an electronic toothbrush, it is one of the best ways to fight off cavities, mainly because the bristles are designed to brush your teeth on a timer. Most people don’t take enough time to brush their teeth, which can result in cavities and bad breath.
We say floss more, because many of our patients don’t actually floss enough. Sometimes every now and then does not help your oral health. Flossing is a lot like a muscle you have to work it out daily to help it get stronger. Take time to floss every day and you will feel better and healthier in the long run.
No matter how much you floss and brush your teeth visiting your dentist for regular cleanings is key for long term oral health success. If you have questions about your oral health, be open and honest with your dentist. We are here to help and our ultimate goal is your health.