Are you a fiercely competitive person, when on a court, field, or in any other athletic arena? If so, you probably know how great it feels to net a win. Well, when it comes to having a winning smile, the great news is that there are super simple habits you can and should develop to keep your teeth in tip-top shape. Best of all, good oral care can help keep your whole body healthy!
Add Flossing to Your Daily Routine
Brushing your teeth is important, of course, but you should also be flossing at least once a day. This only takes a few minutes, and when gums are healthy it shouldn’t cause any discomfort or pain. In fact, if you notice bleeding when flossing it is likely because your gums are already inflamed, due to bacteria. A dental cleaning is likely in order.
Drink More Water
Another great way to protect your smile – and your overall health – is by drinking water throughout each day. Water helps to gently rinse teeth clean, and helps the body produce saliva, which limits plaque’s ability to stick to the surface of the teeth. Plus, your whole body needs water to function properly.
Another perk of drinking more water is that it means you’re less likely to reach for sugary beverages like sodas, sweetened teas, and even many sports drinks and smoothies, which can increase risk of developing cavities.
Chew On Healthy Foods
Speaking of healthy options, your diet should be filled with nutrient-rich ingredients which can help keep your smile, and your body, healthy. This should include lots of vegetables and fruits, plus lean sources of protein and healthy fats.
What your diet doesn’t need is lots of sugar, in any form. So stick to products with limited sugar, to keep your smile looking its best.
See the Dentist Regularly
Finally, healthy habits can help protect your smile, but you still need to see the dentist at least twice a year for dental cleanings. Preventive dental cleanings help remove plaque that has hardened onto teeth, where it can lead to acidic erosion and also gum irritation, if unaddressed.
Hoping to Prevent Dental Problems?
Preventive dental treatment helps keep the teeth and gums healthy. You can schedule a preventive visit 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.