March 20th was more than just the first day of spring — it was World Oral Health Day, too! Because your oral health can impact your overall health, it’s more important than ever to make sure that you’re giving your teeth and gums the love they deserve. Vow to kick your dental routine into high gear and show yourself some TLC. Here are 7 ways to get started!
- Brush and floss twice a day.
We know you’ve heard it a million times, but it needs to be repeated — 30% of Americans don’t brush twice a day, and 60% of Americans don’t floss at least once a day. Brushing and flossing remove food particles, remove plaque buildups, and keep your tartar under control.
- Check your fluoride intake.
Sugary foods and plaque strip your teeth’s enamel, leaving them vulnerable and prone to decay. Fluoride helps restore your teeth’s enamel, keeping them strong and protected. Fluoride can be found in your city’s water and in toothpastes and mouthwashes, and is also available as a prescription supplement from your dentist. Your dentist can even give you an extra-strength fluoride treatment right in the office!
- Avoid sugary foods.
Sugary foods aren’t just enemies of your healthy eating plan — they also eat away at your teeth’s enamel. Eat sugary foods in moderation, and brush your teeth 30 minutes after consuming them to help protect your enamel.
- Visit the dentist twice a year.
During your routine dentist appointments, your dentist will give your teeth an ultra-cleaning, as well as perform routine examinations. Your dentist can scrape away plaque and tartar that you can’t, so let them refresh your teeth every 6 months.
- Teach your kids the importance of good oral health.
Kids notoriously hate brushing their teeth, but the sooner you start them on a solid routine, the better they will be at taking care of their teeth. Teach them the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day — there are tons of fun dental products for kids in yummy flavors to make brushing more bearable for them, too.
- Wear a mouth guard when you play sports.
One swift kick or fall could result in lost teeth. Whenever you or your children are playing sports, make sure you’re wearing your mouth guard. Looking silly temporarily is a lot better than being ashamed of missing teeth in the future!
- Don’t smoke.
Yes, we know you’ve been told this one before, too. Smoking increases your risks for gum disease, bad breath, bone less, and even oral cancer. Quit while you’re ahead — your smile will thank you!