Have you made a lot of progress in your fitness journey this year, from choosing healthier foods to fill your plate with, to adding miles to your exercise routine? If so, you may already be able to see and feel the difference these smart choices have made for your body and your overall wellbeing. But do you ever wonder what you could be doing to better care for one of your most important physical attributes, your smile? If so, the good news is that preventive dental care doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. It just takes a few smart decisions and diligence to keep your smile, like your body, healthy, one step at a time!
Take Care of Your Teeth At-home with Regular Dental Hygiene
Daily tooth brushing and dental flossing can be effective ways of caring for the teeth and the gums, both of which are susceptible to oral health issues, such as cavities and gum disease. To best prevent plaque buildup, which is the cause of many dental problems, you should gently but thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day, as well.
Drink Plenty of Water and Eat a Healthy Diet
Many people don’t realize that what they eat and drink can impact their oral health as much as their hygiene and dental care. If you truly want to prevent cavities and other problems, it is best to stick to a well-balanced diet comprised of nutrient-rich ingredients, and low in added sugar, which is the culprit behind many dental issues. Sodas and other sweetened or acidic beverages can be particularly problematic since the teeth are often exposed to drinks for much longer than foods. For great oral health, drink mostly water, and low-sugar options like unsweetened milk, for instance.
Visit the Dentist Regularly, for Preventive Care
Routine checkups and cleanings are also essential to maintaining great oral health. Regular visits allow the dentist to remove any tartar that is present, and to check for potential issues, like cavities.