Is being healthy extremely important to you? If so, you may have already taken some steps to protect your body against sickness and pain. For instance, you might have made exercise a priority, and eating a well-balanced diet a part of your daily life. But, have you considered what your smile needs in order to stay healthy? The teeth and gums need nutrients like the rest of the body, in order to prevent cavities and gum disease. They also need regular hygiene and professional care. Fortunately, preventive dental care can be simple, once you know the steps necessary to keeping your smile healthy!
Drink Lots of Water
Water is important to the whole body. That includes the smile. Drinking water throughout the day can help to gently rinse your teeth clean in between daily brushings. Water also helps you avoid chronic dry mouth, which can be irritating and lead to an increased risk of developing dental issues, like cavities.
So, rather than drinking sugary beverages like sodas, which can be particularly problematic for the smile, stick to water as often as possible. It’s a healthy choice for both your smile and your body.
Chew on Crunchy Veggies and Fruits
If you’re prone to snacking, you could also be putting your waistline – and your oral health – at risk. Instead of sugary treats, or even packaged foods that often contain surprisingly high amounts of sugar, consider fresh fruits and vegetables, instead. Both are packed with nutrients you need to stay healthy, and most are naturally low in sugar and high in water.
Carrots, celery sticks, and apple slices are particularly good choices, from a dental standpoint.
Brush and Floss Every Single Day
Of course, you still need to be caring for your smile each day, by brushing and flossing. These simple acts take only a few minutes, yet they can help to limit tartar buildup that could otherwise lead to cavities and require dental fillings. So make sure you brush your teeth for at least two minutes, once in the morning and again each night. And make sure you are flossing at least once a day, as well.
Want to Schedule Preventive Dental Care?
Preventive dentistry helps to keep both the teeth and gums healthy, and looking their best. You can schedule your next dental checkup with Dr. Fondriest by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago, including Winnetka, Highland Park, North Brook, Glenview, and the surrounding communities.