Did you know that the health of your smile also plays a role in your overall health and wellness?
Good oral health is important for the teeth, gums, and the body in general, supporting your immune system and minimizing the risk of inflammatory disease as a result of harmful bacteria in the mouth entering the bloodstream. So how can you ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy between routine dental care office visits?
Oral Hygiene: top tips for your best smile
The two most important things you can do each day for the ongoing health of your teeth and gums are to brush and floss. Brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing once a day will remove food particles that can turn into plaque over time. Our dental care team can demonstrate the proper way to handle your toothbrush for the most effective oral hygiene. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, there are many other things you can do or be aware of to minimize the risk for decay, disease, and damage.
- A nutritious diet: a healthy diet that is low in added sugar and higher in fiber is good for your oral health AND your overall health and wellness. Foods containing calcium and phosphorous, such as yogurt and eggs can support and promote healthy tooth structure. Fiber-rich foods such as apples can help to clean the teeth and reduce bacteria on surfaces and between them.
- Drink water: choosing water instead of sugary juices or sodas will significantly reduce the risk of tooth cavities. The sugars in beverages are often able to remain on tooth surfaces and allow bacteria in the mouth to turn them into plaque. This leads to decay and disease including cavities and gum disease. If consuming a sugary beverage, consider rinsing after with water to remove sugars from the teeth and gums.
- Wear a mouthguard: protecting your teeth when participating in contact sports is essential. Dr. Upadya offers custom sports mouthguards that fit comfortably, making them easy to wear and keep in during play. If you have braces, a custom mouthguard will be designed to fit over the braces and protect your dental health investment.
These three simple lifestyle habits will offer great support for the long-term health and stability of your smile. If you have concerns about your dental health and would like personalized recommendations for at home oral hygiene, we welcome you to schedule a visit with us at Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry. Our East Hanover dentist office is your local resource for comprehensive dental services tailored to your needs.