At the beginning of a new year, we tend to think about ways we can improve our lives and our health. This year, make improving your oral health a resolution! Your dental health is an essential part of your overall health and wellness, although it often goes overlooked. Take the time in 2018 to provide extra care to your teeth and gums, and commit to a great year of oral health!
Improving Flossing Habits
Most people are quite good about brushing their teeth at least twice a day, but many people have trouble sticking with flossing. While it may be an extra step to your night routine, flossing is a very quick process that can vastly improve your oral health. Proper flossing technique removes bacterial plaque and food that has accumulated in your mouth throughout the day, as well as helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and halitosis.
Replace Your Toothbrush
Do you know how often you should be replacing your toothbrush? Your toothbrush should be used twice a day, every day, resulting in wear and tear that needs to be replaced regularly. As a general rule, you should use a new toothbrush every 3-4 months. However, if the bristles are frayed, that’s a sign you need to throw away the toothbrush and buy another. If you are sick with the cold or flu, you’ll also want to replace the brush when you get better to reduce the spread of germs.
Healthier Food And Drinks
While brushing and flossing are essential steps to proper oral care, the food and drinks you consume also affect your teeth. For example, frequent consumption of sugary snacks and carbonated drinks contributes to tooth decay, so make a resolution to cut back on soda and candy this year. Other food and drinks that cause problems for your mouth include bread, alcohol, citrus, and potato chips. This doesn’t mean you can’t eat or drinks these options again, but be mindful of how often you consume them, and be sure to brush and floss after snacking. Also, using a Xylitol-containing gum or lozenge after eating will help neutralize acids and bacteria that cause cavities.
Keep Your Smile Healthy with Affinity
Affinity Dental has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719-7900 or contact us online. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook.