Everybody knows that good dental health is a good thing, but not everybody is sure about how to get there. In fact, research shows that 95% of Americans think that dental and oral health is essential to overall well-being. So almost everybody can agree that taking care of your chompers is a good idea.
Most people probably have a general idea of how to best care for their teeth. But besides the regular advice you get from the dentist to brush and floss, what else makes for good dental habits? Here are three tips that you can integrate into your daily oral care routine.
Use a Good Toothpaste
You may be skeptical at first, but not all toothpastes are created equal. Almost all toothpastes contain fluoride, which is good. Fluoride helps keep and build strong tooth enamel, the surface coating that protects the teeth. So make sure you’re using a brand that contains fluoride as (one of) its active ingredients.
There are also things you should stay away from when picking out toothpaste. Whitening toothpastes can actually be bad for your overall tooth health because the detergents they employ to remove stains may in the long term become corrosive to your tooth enamel. And kid’s toothpaste, while it does taste good, often contains a lot of sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Flossing can get a lot of hype from commercials and your dentist, but there’s a good reason why. In fact, some dentists will even argue that flossing is just as or even more important than brushing, although of course, you should do both.
Flossing removes the food and plaque buildup between your teeth and in the hard-to reach areas. Flossing regularly also helps to keep your gums healthy. Food that gets trapped between your teeth can increase your risk of gum disease. Most dentists will recommend flossing multiple times throughout the day, after meals.
Consistency is the key to any successful routine. No matter how high-end your toothpaste is or how well you floss, it won’t amount to much if you don’t do it regularly. If beginning a new routine is overwhelming to you, try and start small. Aim to floss two or three days a week, and once you’ve mastered that, keep increasing the frequency until it becomes a daily (or nightly) habit.
Through regular and consistent flossing and brushing, you’re well on your way to great dental health! Talk to your dentist about what you specifically need to focus on and how you can improve your dental health.
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