Did you vow to take better care of your teeth and gums this year? If so, how is your commitment to that resolution going? If you feel you’ve lost steam, or simply feel unsure that you’re really doing all you can to protect your smile, the great news is that preventive care can be surprisingly simple! You just need to consistently make healthy choices to keep your teeth in tip-top shape. That includes being smart about what you eat and drink, keeping a diligent hygiene routine, and finally, seeing your dentist regularly for key preventive care!
1. Brush and Floss Every Single Day
While most adults do brush their teeth twice a day, not all do so as effectively as possible. To maximize the effectiveness of this simple act make sure you are using gentle, circular motions, and that you are brushing for at least two minutes each time. Most dentists recommend using a non-abrasive toothpaste, one that carries the American Dental Association’s seal of approval.
You should be brushing in the morning, either when you first wake up or after you have eaten breakfast, and then again in the evening, either shortly before you go to bed, or after you have completed dinner. This helps to minimize how much time your teeth spend in contact with bacteria that can lead to acidic erosion, and even gum disease.
Of course, flossing is also important to keeping the smile healthy. It should be done at least once a day to help keep tartar buildup at bay. Not sure if you’re flossing correctly? The ADA has provided a helpful instructional video, which can be viewed online.