Often, your daily dental care habits have the biggest impact on the health of your teeth and gums. It’s important to establish a good routine to take care of your oral health. Here are five elements of a good dental health routine.
Make Sure You’re Brushing Properly
Ensuring that you’re brushing your teeth correctly should be the first step in a good oral hygiene routine. It’s important to brush at least twice a day, and especially to never go to bed without brushing your teeth. Use gentle, circular motions to remove plaque built up on the teeth, and remember to brush your tongue as well. You should also be brushing for at least two minutes —set a timer if you must.
Stay Away from Sugar
Sugary foods are bad for your health for several reasons, but when it comes to the teeth, the sugar converts to an acid in the mouth. This erodes the enamel of your teeth and creates cavities. You don’t have to cut out sweets completely, but it’s best to limit the amount of sugar you’re eating to maintain oral health. On the other hand, crunchy, fibrous fruits and vegetables can help to keep your teeth and gums clean, so these can make better snack options.
Use the Right Toothpaste
The most important factor in your toothpaste should be its fluoride content. Fluoride is a mineral which strengthens the enamel and helps to prevent cavities. It can be included in toothpastes that also have other benefits, such as whitening.
Remember to Floss
Flossing is important because it cleans plaque between the teeth, where brushing can’t reach, stimulates the gums, and helps to reduce any inflammation. Many people forget to floss, so make it a part of your daily routine. You should floss once a day, every day.
Visit the Dentist Twice a Year
In addition to a good daily routine, make sure that you’re scheduling regular checkup and cleaning appointments with Dr. Zwier. These will ensure that your teeth are as clean as possible, removing hardened plaque that may have accumulated, and make sure that any potential issues are detected as soon as possible.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Zwier, call (616) 253-6260 or fill out our online form.