5 Tips For A Healthier Smile
A beautiful smile is highly sought after but unfortunately cannot be achieved overnight. It takes many different things working together to keep those pearly whites in tip-top shape. Here are our 5 tips for achieving a healthier smile.
- Eat Tooth Healthy Foods – Healthy foods can keep your teeth strong. According to the American Dental Association, eating tooth-healthy foods like apples, dairy, leafy greens, and lean proteins can help keep your mouth clear of bacteria and acid from other foods. Chewing firm and fibrous food can actually help with removing leftover food particles that might have previously gotten stuck in your teeth. It’s as simple as being one celery crunch away from a healthier smile.
- Use Mouthwash – Research has shown that by using mouthwash every day, you can reduce the amount of plaque that can build up on teeth. To keep a healthier smile, however, using mouthwash alone won’t be enough. It is important to also have a great oral health routine that includes brushing and flossing as well. Bonus points to keep your smile healthy if you choose a mouthwash with fluoride.
- Don’t Chew Hard Items – This tip is for all of the hard candy lovers out there. Try to avoid chewing on any hard candies, ice, or non-food items that people often chew like their fingernails. By chewing on these hard items you are actually risking tooth damage and a possible dental emergency. Keep that smile damage-free by avoiding chewing on these types of items.
- Limit Sugar Intake – All of the bacteria that are in your mouth thrive on sugar. Sugary drinks such as soda can be a huge factor in the decay of teeth. To move toward a healthier smile, aim to cut out as much sugar as you can in your diet while also flossing daily and brushing twice a day.
- Stop Smoking – It’s common knowledge that smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that smoking can actually damage your teeth too? Smoking can take a beautiful smile and dull it down by yellowing the teeth over time. The best way to stop the decay and discoloration that smoking can cause is to stop it altogether. Not only will it be beneficial to your smile, but your entire health too.
Do you want to learn more information about how you can better maintain a healthier smile? We’d love to speak to you. To reach Dr. Pollock at Rockwall Oral Surgery, please make an appointment with us by giving us a call today at (469) 264-8921. We also would love for you to visit our contact page or to reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.