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Healthy Dental Habits to Follow
Achieving and maintaining great oral health requires dedication and commitment. With proper care and adopting a healthy lifestyle, you can reduce the likelihood of common oral diseases and enjoy vibrant oral health for a lifetime. In addition to keeping appointments for checkups and cleanings with our family dentist, you should adopt a thorough oral hygiene routine and consume nutrient-dense foods low in acid and sugar.
Following are some healthy dental habits that you should adopt.
Proper Oral Hygiene
Having a thorough oral hygiene routine is your first line of defense against common oral health concerns like tooth decay and gum disease. Not only should you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time, you should floss every evening before bed. While brushing removes surfaces debris and thwarts plaque accumulation, it’s not enough to clean between teeth. Flossing is the only way to clean between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach.
If you need recommendations for oral hygiene products, feel free to ask our family dentist. Our team is happy to help you choose great products and tools.
Dietary Considerations for Optimal Oral Health
What you eat can affect your oral health. If you consume foods and beverages that are high in sugar and acid, you increase your risks for enamel erosion and tooth decay. Sugar literally feeds the bacteria that contribute to dental caries and gum disease while acid strips away the protective minerals that make up tooth enamel.
Instead of sugary and acidic foods, opt for items like lean proteins, vibrant-colored vegetables, and leafy greens. The nutrients and minerals in these foods will promote a healthy immune system and keep teeth strong.
Drinking plenty of water is important for your oral health, too. Water helps neutralize acid, rinse away debris, and keep soft oral tissue moist.
Keeping Routine Appointments for Checkups and Cleanings
While eating healthy and practicing meticulous oral hygiene are important for preventing disease, you still need to receive two dental cleanings and checkups every year. Skipping routine dental care can lead to oral health concerns that can advance into problematic conditions.
If it’s time to schedule your next visit with our family dentist, contact the office of Dr. Randy Parham today.
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