Tips for Living Mouth Smart

Six Ways That Can Help You Keep Your Beautiful Smile!

Getting Enough Fluoride

An excellent way to protect your teeth against enamel-eating acids is to ensure that you get a sufficient amount of fluoride. Fluoride intake is extremely important in children younger than 6. At your regular dental visits, your dentist will discuss the proper amount of fluoride for you or your child.

Eat a Healthy Diet That’s Low in Sugary Foods

Sodas, most juices, and sugary foods feed the bacteria in your mouth, forming an acid that can destroy your enamel. Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet as much as possible. If you end up indulging in the sweet stuff, try brushing your teeth as soon as possible.

Brush Twice a Day and Floss Daily

Perhaps the most crucial tip on this list is to brush twice a day and floss daily. Keep in mind that this is the bare minimum, and an extra brush after a sugary or high-carb meal is never a bad thing.

Get Regular Dental Check-Ups

Have you ever wondered why the American Dental Association and your dentist recommend you come back every six months? It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. And in between those examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Protect Teeth During Sports

Any participant in a sport that involves possible (or even potential) impact with other players, balls, or hard surfaces should protect their teeth with a mouth guard. The American Dental Association recommends wearing mouth guards during all practices and competitions for the following sports: acrobats, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling.

Don’t Smoke

Gum disease, bad breath, bone loss, and oral cancer are only some of the dental health problems smokers face. Just another reason to quit!

Remember the Basics

If you have any questions or would like additional tips on how to retain your fresh, white smile, call Dr. Patrick Smith at (561) 694-9000.

 

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Hygiene Habits to Develop

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Replace toothbrush every 3-4 months
  • Floss your teeth once a day
  • Get regular dental check-ups
  • Eat a balanced, low-sugar diet

Dental Tips

  • Use a Tongue Scraper
  • Pick the Right Tooth Brush
  • Brush for at least Two Minutes)
  • Use a Mouthwash
  • Look for the ADA Seal