A healthy mouth and happy smile is an achievement that takes a lifetime of care. If you feel like your teeth and mouth could use an upgrade to reach their full potential, there are things you can do to start the journey towards a healthier mouth and foster habits that will last for months and years to come. These simple steps can give you a healthier mouth and give you a confidence boost in your smile.
Upgrade your Toothpaste and Mouthwash
It’s tempting to get lured to the kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes that offer exceptional levels of whitening, often at a very fast rate. However, remember that fluoride is your first defense to fight germs that lead to tooth decay. Fluoride also gives your teeth a protective barrier that lasts throughout the day. If your teeth are in serious need of corrective action, your dentist can prescribe specialty toothpaste often meant to address the specific issues your mouth is facing. Otherwise, you can find toothpaste targeted toward your specific problem. Overall, however, is to remember that fluoride is your first and best defense against bacteria and germs.
Don’t Forget Your Tongue
This may seem simple, but many people neglect the tongue when it comes to the important parts of oral care. Plaque builds up on your tongue when it goes unbrushed the same as it does on teeth. Brush your tongue gently, with a fresh layer of toothpaste if you have brushed your teeth already, each time you brush.
Get your Annual Cleaning
Most dental plans include an annual cleaning at no cost to you. It may not surprise you that many people don’t take advantage of their free annual cleaning, most due to seeing it as a potential scheduling issue for a very unexciting appointment. One of the best things you can do to have a fresher and healthier mouth is to take an hour out of your week to go ahead and set up an appointment with your family dentist to have that cleaning. Additionally, an annual cleaning will allow your dentist to see early signs of any issues before they become major, saving you time and money down the line.
Eat and Drink Better for a Better Mouth
What you eat and drink certainly has an impact on your oral health. First, drinking more water helps your mouth from getting dry and stay fresh. Additionally, drinking water after every meal goes a long way to help wash out acidic foods or sticky beverages that may be left behind. You can also limit foods that are high in sugar or very acidic. These can erode your tooth enamel, leading to cavities. Instead, reach for fresh, crunchy produce.
Remember, you only get one mouth to keep healthy and after your baby teeth, you only have one set of whites to keep pearly clean. These are just a few simple steps for a healthier mouth and beaming smile you’ll be proud to show off.