Dental Health 101
Most of us know how important it is to take care of our teeth. Brushing two times daily, flossing once per day and keeping regular checkups at our office are basic things to keep your teeth healthy. However, there are some other things you can do to keep your teeth healthy which inevitably can help to keep your overall health better, too!
Don’t brush too hard.
This is something we see a lot. It is easy to find yourself brushing too hard. We’ve probably all done this at some point. Back in the day, they would teach you to “scrub your teeth hard until they are clean” and even use a medium or hard toothbrush. This is not recommended any longer! Brushing too hard can damage your gums and cause recession. Ideally, you should brush with gentle circular strokes two minutes each time. Even using an electric toothbrush can be recommended for most people to get a good thorough brushing.
Brush your tongue
Of course, you brush your teeth, but do you brush your tongue? Your tongue comes in contact with food and bacteria just as much as your teeth do. Your tongue also has a layer of hair-like structures on it that can trap microscopic pieces of food which can start to smell bad! Gently brushing your tongue or even using a tongue scraper can help to remove bacteria and food that you might be missing when you brush your teeth. Our teeth.
We’ve all heard about avoiding sugary foods and sugary drinks but did you know crackers and bread can be just as bad? Crackers, chips, gummies and other sticky foods can stick in your teeth and are hard to remove with just your saliva. It is important to not snack on these foods regularly and to make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day or rinse your mouth out after each meal. Some good snack food choices would be foods like carrots, celery, and apples that help remove plaque from your teeth while you chew.
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If it has been a while since you have seen us, give us a call at 704-865-6856 to schedule an appointment to ensure your dental health is on track. We look forward to hearing from you soon!