Best At-Home Tips For A Healthy Smile

Best At-Home Tips For A Healthy Smile

Posted by Henry Moore on Jan 5 2023, 05:01 AM

Best At-Home Tips For A Healthy Smile

Your smile can brighten anyone’s day. It’s one of the first things we notice about others. Maintaining a healthy smile, however, is not always simple. Listed below are some tips you can follow to maintain healthy teeth at home:

Brushing and flossing regularly

Proper brushing and flossing at home are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes at a time using a soft-bristled toothbrush. It is also important that you floss once a day to clean between the teeth and below the gum line. Dental floss comes in a variety of flavors, such as mint, cinnamon, or traditional, so you can choose your favorite! Brushing and flossing regularly will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which are common causes of tooth loss.

Visiting your dentist regularly

The best way to maintain good oral health is by visiting the dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam. Our dentist can thoroughly clean your teeth to remove any plaque buildup from hard-to-reach places and offer helpful tips for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful.

Our dentist advises patients to stop in for routine checkups and cleanings twice a year to ward off tooth decay, gum disease, and other common oral health issues. During your visits, we can screen your mouth for any potential problems or signs of decay. Your dentist will also clean your teeth and remove plaque buildup from hard-to-reach areas. If it’s been longer than six months since your last checkup and cleaning, call our office today to schedule your next appointment.

Eating a balanced diet 

Eating a balanced diet is essential to keep your teeth healthy in between regular cleanings and exams. The following foods and drinks can all cause damage and wear to tooth enamel and should be avoided if possible:

  • Sugary snacks such as hard candy or cookies
  • Carbonated beverages like soda
  • Acidic foods such as citrus fruits or tomatoes
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Fruit juice
  • Sports drinks

When consuming sugary or acidic items, be sure to rinse your mouth out with water after consumption to help reduce the risk of decay and erosion. Additionally, if you know you’ll be indulging in the foods listed above, try to brush your teeth right after to reduce any residue left behind.

If you wish to learn more about our dental procedures, please schedule an online appointment or call us at (773) 374-9778 for Chicago and (708) 914-4381 for Homewood to have a consultation with Dr. Moore, and we will be happy to help.

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