Good Habits That Help Prolong Your Teeth’s Health

Few people grow up understanding how to brush and floss properly. Many adults do not realize that one should use a soft or electric brush for a full two minutes twice a day, stroking from the gum line to the tip on both sides. Ideally this is done after breakfast (because this provides an opportunity to brush or scrape off the bacteria on the tongue that accumulates overnight) and after the last snack of the day.

Flossing is Necessary

That is also when flossing should be done, moving the string each time it is inserted between teeth to avoid contaminating the next area with plaque (the sticky bacterial film that forms around food particles that have not been cleaned off). The string also needs to scrape both sides of the teeth in each space.

if your best efforts still result in more oral health problems than you want, ask for recommendations to add to your routine a better toothpaste, water flosser, small bristle brush to insert into tight spaces, and a dentist-grade mouthwash.

Professional Cleanings Fight Gum Infections

Even the most diligent patients still cannot provide the kind of professional-level of cleaning that our dental hygienists can, since they have the techniques and tools to remove even tartar (the hardened form of plaque). They can also use lasers and antibacterial solutions to fight gum infections. It is highly recommended that everyone have a full cleaning at least twice a year, more if your oral health needs a lot of help.

Likewise, make it a habit to have a full dental exam every six months. Dr. Cluff can look for signs of developing cavities, loose teeth, root canals that need treatment, teeth that are being damaged by grinding while you are asleep, or a misaligned bite that needs straightening with Invisalign oral trays. She will also look for signs of oral cancer and dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the hinges that connect the lower jaw to the skull.

Practice Healthier Diet Habits

The best way to avoid dental pain, the loss of teeth, and high bills beyond proper brushing and flossing, as well as twice a year seeing Dr. Cluff and having a professional cleaning, is to eat a healthier diet. Sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sodas, coffee, and citrus fruits are acidic and wear down enamel, so drink water instead or at least after consuming them. Add more vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans, healthy fats, and proteins to your menu, while indulging in desserts and snacks that are sweetened using Xylitol, stevia, monk fruit or other alternatives.

Good dental habits will give you a reason to smile.