Did you know that almost 70% of American adults do not floss every day? Additionally, 2% of Americans do not brush their teeth once a day. Even though we’re in Canada, these stats are still pretty eye opening! While at-home oral care is not a top priority for everyone, making sure that you take good care of your teeth is essential to ensure they stay healthy and last for as long as possible. Here are some of our best tips for taking care of your teeth at home.
Choose the Right Toothpaste
Taking a walk down the toothpaste aisle can be intimidating, as there are so many different kinds of toothpaste that all claim to offer different benefits. No matter which toothpaste you choose, make sure that it contains fluoride. Fluoride is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay and damage to your teeth. It creates a protective barrier on the surface of your teeth, so it can help you maintain a beautiful smile. If you are not sure which toothpaste to choose, you can always ask your dentist!
The vast majority of adults know that they need to floss, but they still do not do so for a variety of reasons. Some people do not like the feeling of floss, but that should not be enough to make you give up! In today’s modern world, there are dozens of different types of floss, including flavored options, coated and uncoated options, and more.
If you find flossing uncomfortable because you have tight teeth or gum problems, speak to your dentist for personalized advice. They will be able to help you learn how to floss correctly, just in case that is the underlying issue, as well as assist you in finding the right type of floss for your preferences. If you dread your hygiene appointments, flossing at home every day is the best way to keep them short.
Brush Twice a Day the Right Way
Brushing your teeth twice a day is recommended, and many people brush their teeth once in the morning when they wake up and once before they go to bed at night. If you eat anything particularly sugary or sticky during the day, you also may want to brush your teeth immediately after to prevent it from adhering to your teeth.
Beyond simply brushing your teeth twice a day, you also need to ensure that you are brushing the right way. If you do not brush your teeth correctly, plaque can stay on the surface and accumulate over time. If possible, use an electric toothbrush with soft bristles. Brush for at least two minutes using small, circular motions. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes or pressing too hard on your teeth, as this can damage your tooth enamel and your gums.
Eat a Healthy and Balanced Diet
Your diet can also play a major role in your overall oral health. Drinking lots of sodas or sugary drinks throughout the day will constantly expose your teeth to harmful substances. Instead of drinking soda, sip water throughout the day instead. You should also make sure to drink water at the end of every meal to help flush out any bacteria or food particles from your mouth.
Additionally, try to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. Fruits and vegetables help you to maintain overall physical health, but they can also help your jawbone to stay strong and your teeth to remain healthy. In general, you should try to avoid foods that are particularly acidic or sugary.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you are ready to take your oral care routine to the next level, contact Smilestone Dental in downtown Vancouver. We work with patients throughout the greater downtown Vancouver area and provide each of our patients with a personalized experience that helps them achieve their oral care goals. To request a consultation, call us today at 604-423-4190.