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14 TIPS FOR MAINTAINING A HEALTHY SMILE

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14 TIPS FOR MAINTAINING A HEALTHY SMILE

Routine dental care, such as seeing a dentist every six months and maintaining good at-home oral hygiene, is essential for a healthy smile. In this blog from Vivid Dentistry, we’ll discuss a few of our top tips and recommendations for keeping your smile beautiful, healthy, and strong.

1. SEE YOUR DENTIST TWICE EACH YEAR FOR CHECK-UPS

One of the best ways to protect your oral health and prevent cavities and gum disease is to see Dr. Annie Enzweiler every six months for a checkup.

 

2. BRUSH TWICE A DAY FOR TWO MINUTES & DON’T BRUSH AGGRESSIVELY

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush twice daily for two minutes. Avoid very stiff bristles or brushing too aggressively, since this can damage your gums and teeth.

 

3. PRACTICE PROPER BRUSHING TECHNIQUE

This YouTube video is a great example of proper brushing technique, so “brush up” on the basics now to improve your oral health.

 

4. DON’T FORGET TO BRUSH YOUR TONGUE

When you brush your tongue, you eliminate bacteria that cause bad breath, gum disease, and cavities, so don’t forget this step.

 

5. ALWAYS BRUSH BEFORE BED

Nighttime is when bacteria like to feast on sugar and food particles in your mouth, so make sure to always brush before bed after your last meal or snack of the day.

 

6. ENJOY STARCHY, SUGARY, AND ACIDIC FOODS IN MODERATION

Bacteria love starchy and sugary foods, and acidic foods like tomato sauce can also contribute to tooth decay, so eat them in moderation.

 

7. EAT VEGETABLES INSTEAD – THE CRUNCHIER THE BETTER!

Crunchy vegetables like broccoli, carrots and celery act as natural toothbrushes to scrub your teeth.

 

8. WATER, WATER, WATER!

Staying hydrated keeps your body healthy and stimulates saliva production, which is good for your oral health.

 

9. FLOSSING IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS BRUSHING

Make sure to floss once a day to eliminate food that can’t be removed with brushing alone.

 

10. ALWAYS USE FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE

Fluoride helps strengthen and restore your enamel, so always brush with a fluoride-based, ADA-accepted toothpaste.

 

11. PACK IN THE CIGARETTES

Tobacco use is horrible for both your oral health and overall health, so stop smoking right away.

 

12. YOUR TEETH ARE ONLY FOR CHEWING!

To avoid tooth damage, never use your teeth to open packages, tear tape, or for anything other than biting or chewing.

 

13. PROTECT TEETH FROM INJURY DURING SPORTS

Get a custom-fitted mouth guard from Vivid Dentistry to protect your smile and cushion against impacts from playing contact sports.

 

14. MAKE DENTAL CARE FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Brushing with your kids ensures they use proper technique, and lets you provide a good example. It can be fun, too, so spend time with your kids brushing in the morning and at night!

 

NEED MORE TIPS OR A DENTIST APPOINTMENT? CONTACT US TODAY!

Even if you have great oral health, there’s always room for improvement. So get more tips and advice during your six-month oral exam and teeth cleaning at Vivid Dentistry. Contact us online or give us a call at (859) 414-6554 now to get started.


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