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Protect Your Oral Health with These Healthy Habits

Protect Your Oral Health with These Healthy Habits

You put in extra reps at the gym to build up your muscles, you spend hours in front of the mirror to get your hair just right, and you even try to eat a healthy diet. But are you as diligent with your oral health? 

If you aren’t, you’re not alone. Nearly one-third of American adults fail to brush and floss daily. But our team of expert dentists at ToothDocs is here to change that statistic. 

Here are some practical oral health tips to help you take control of your dental hygiene.

Make it a nighttime habit

Brushing and flossing twice daily is crucial, yet many of us skip our dental hygiene routine right before bed. If you don’t get rid of the germs, bacteria, and food buildup from the day before hitting the hay, they’ll sit and fester on your teeth for hours while you sleep. 

Use the right technique

We often say that brushing your teeth with poor technique is almost as bad as not brushing them at all. It’s best to take your time while you brush, moving in gentle, circular motions. 

Include your tongue

Your teeth and gums aren’t the only things in your mouth that need to be cleaned — your tongue is just as important. Plaque accumulates on your tongue and can lead to bad breath and other oral health problems. Make sure you brush it gently every time you brush your teeth. 

Check for fluoride

Flavor, brand, and whitening power shouldn’t be the only criteria you look for in toothpaste. Whichever you choose, make sure it also contains fluoride. 

Fluoride is a substance that helps your teeth fight against decay and acts as a protective barrier for your teeth. 

Don’t neglect your floss

No matter how good you think you are at brushing, there are some places in your teeth that bristles can’t reach. Flossing not only dislodges food particles your toothbrush can’t reach, but it also stimulates your gums, gets rid of plaque, and helps control inflammation. 

Try a mouthwash

If you aren’t using a mouthwash, today is the day you should start. Mouthwash works on a few levels to support your oral health, including reducing the amount of acid in your mouth, cleaning hard-to-brush areas, and remineralizing your teeth. We can help you find the right mouthwash for your needs. 

Watch what you eat and drink

Did you know that your diet has a direct impact on your oral health? For example, sugary and acidic foods and beverages can wear down tooth enamel, leaving you vulnerable to tooth decay and cavities. 

Opting for healthier foods like crunchy fruits and vegetables can have a positive impact on your oral health. Not only do they act as natural toothbrushes, scrubbing your teeth as they clean, they’re also high in fiber and stimulate healthy jaw muscles. 

Drinking more water is another great way to support your oral health because it flushes out germs, bacteria, and leftover food particles.

Don’t be a stranger

Seeing us for a checkup twice a year is, bar none, the best thing you can do for your teeth and gums. We have the tools and the know-how to professionally clean and examine your teeth and address the early warning signs of decay and disease. 

If you’d like additional information about how to support your oral health or to schedule an appointment for a cleaning, visit our website to make an online request or call our friendly staff. We’re conveniently located in Roslyn, New York, and Madison, New York.

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