A healthy smile begins with you and your daily oral hygiene habits. Good oral hygiene habits are imperative to maintaining your gum and teeth for a lifetime. Everyone knows to brush, but we have listed things that you should consider adding your oral hygiene routine.
Tips For Maintaining Good Oral Health
Here are some tips to help with your daily routine and maintaining good oral hygiene.
Brush Your Teeth Before Bed
You should already be brushing your teeth twice per day anyway, so why not make one of those times be before bed. It is very important to brush your teeth before bed as you will be able to remove any leftover food particles that may have been wedged between your teeth during the day.
Make Sure To Brush Properly
Set a timer on your cell phone for 2 minutes. It is imperative to brush your teeth for a proper amount of time, as most patients do not brush long enough. Try adding an electric toothbrush to your daily routine as they do most of the work for you, and you will not have to worry about the motions, and just hold the electric toothbrush in place.
Make Flossing A Priority
Flossing is crucial in the pursuit of good oral hygiene as it can remove the debris that is missed when brushing.
Water will always be the best beverage for your overall health including dental health. Water will help rinse away any sticky residue left over on your teeth from eating during the day.
Mouthwash will wash away any food or debris that may be leftover from the day or even can wash away any plaque that may have been loosened during flossing.
Try to limit acidic foods
Be mindful of the number of acidic foods and beverages you consume. When acids are not properly removed from the teeth, it can increase your risk of cavities and gum disease.
Visit Dr. Cranham regularly
Your everyday dental habits are crucial to your overall oral health. Still, even the most responsible brushers and flossers need to see a dentist regularly. At a minimum, you should see Dr. Cranham for cleanings and checkups twice a year.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are suffering from tooth decay or cavities, we offer solutions in our Chesapeake, VA dentist office. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cranham to discuss your dental health, and or concerns.