Do you ever find yourself wondering what you could be doing to better protect your smile against cavities, gum disease and other oral health threats? Sure, brushing your teeth daily is beneficial. Avoiding too-much sugar is also a good dental practice. But what more can be done to protect your teeth and gums from decay, infection and other problems? There are actually a number of very simple steps you can take to better protect your oral health. Combining these preventive techniques is a great way to prevent dental problems in your future!
1. Add flossing to your daily routine.
While daily brushing is important, flossing should also be part of your hygiene routine. That is because flossing is designed to help remove food particles and the bacteria that are prone to lodge between teeth, where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. By removing more bacteria, you lessen the likelihood of major plaque buildup occurring between dental visits.
You could also enjoy cleaner-looking and better smelling breath by flossing regularly!
2. Drink more water.
While eating a healthy diet is important to your oral health, so is drinking plenty of water. Water helps your body produce saliva, which naturally limits plaque’s ability to stick to the surface of the teeth. Therefore drinking water throughout the day, can help reduce your risk of developing cavities, as well as gum disease.
3. Don’t skip out on preventive dental visits.
Finally, general dental appointments are essential to keeping the teeth and gums healthy. Most patients need to visit their preventive dentist at least twice a year to avoid dental problems, while some (such as those prone to cavities, or currently struggling with gum disease) may require more frequent visits.