Was last year filled with restorative dental treatment for what felt like one issue after another? Did you spend much of the year trying to hide your smile, or wincing due to dental pain? If so, now is a great time to commit to taking better care of your teeth and gums this year. Many people can maintain beautiful and healthy smiles with a simple dental care routine, and regular dental checkups at a preventive dentist’s office. So if you’d rather not spend your time, money and energy on restorative action to fix dental issues, take a little time to give your smile the TLC it needs to function and look its best!
Protect Against Plaque
If you’re already brushing your teeth twice a day, your dental hygiene routine is already off to a great start. But that is not enough to prevent the plaque buildup that can lead to unsightly deposits on your teeth, and even worse problems for your gums. Plaque is responsible for causing cavities and gum disease, so you definitely want to avoid it as much as possible.
- To do so, add nightly flossing to your regimen; this is a great way to remove food particles and bacteria.
- You should also gently brush your tongue, which is a hotspot for germs and a frequent cause of bad breath.
- If you notice you frequently have dry mouth, potentially due to medications you are taking, consider an oral rinse designed to help combat the dryness. But also, schedule an appointment with your dentist for further tips on keeping your smile healthy and hydrated.
- Dry mouth can be a serious dental health issue, so don’t ignore it.
- Even if you are drinking enough water everyday, which most people aren’t, it still matters when you are doing so and what else you drink. Sugary beverages account for many people’s daily calories, and those can lead to more than just problems on the scale.
- Too much sugar in the mouth, or allowing it to remain there for long periods of time, gives plaque bacteria time to feed on the sugar, causing it to worsen. Prevent this by drinking water throughout the day, and limiting sweetened beverages including fruit juices, sports drinks, and, of course, sodas.