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Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Clean and Healthy

Updated: Jun 28

A healthy smile is more than just looking great on selfies; it's a window to your overall well-being. Strong, healthy teeth can help you chew food effectively, speak clearly, and boost your confidence. 


But how do you maintain optimal oral health? Here's a guide to keeping your teeth sparkling and your smile bright.


Why is teeth health essential?

Your teeth comprise the pulp, dentin, and enamel, all of which play different roles in oral health.


When you don't care for it as you should, problems arise. For instance, when plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, they can damage the enamel, leading to cavities. This can cause pain and require fillings or other treatments.


It's not just about the enamel, though—your gums are also at risk of gingivitis, which causes them to be inflamed and bleed. If not treated, it can turn into periodontitis, which can harm the jawbone and lead to tooth loss. Other problems include an increased risk of heart disease and even diabetes!


Tips for keeping your teeth clean and healthy

So, to stay safe and maintain healthy teeth, deliberate measures are required:


Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste

Brushing helps remove plaque and food particles from your teeth. So, use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging your gums and enamel. 


Brush for two minutes each time, making sure to clean all surfaces of your teeth, including the front, back, and chewing surfaces. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well to get rid of bacteria and keep your breath fresh.


Floss everyday

Flossing is essential for removing plaque and food particles from between your teeth, which your toothbrush can't reach. Use dental floss to gently clean between each tooth, making sure to get just below the gumline. Daily flossing helps prevent cavities and gum disease.


Use mouthwash

Using mouthwash can help kill bacteria in your mouth and make your breath smell fresh. However, mouthwash should be used in addition to brushing and flossing, not as a replacement. You can opt for one with fluoride for extra cavity protection or one that helps control plaque and gingivitis. 


Eat a healthy diet

Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, and limit sugary foods and drinks, such as candies, sodas, and desserts, because they can cause tooth decay and cavities. Eating healthy foods helps keep your teeth strong and your gums healthy.


Drink plenty of water

Drinking lots of water throughout the day removes food particles and bacteria from your mouth, keeping it clean and fresh. It also helps prevent dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay.


Don't smoke

Avoid smoking or using any tobacco products. Smoking can stain your teeth, making them look yellow or brown. It also irritates your gums and increases your risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Quitting smoking can significantly improve your oral health and overall well-being.


Chew sugar-free gum

Chewing sugar-free gum after meals can be very helpful. It increases saliva production, which helps wash away food particles and neutralizes acids in your mouth. This helps to protect your teeth from decay and keeps your breath fresh. Make sure the gum is sugar-free to avoid any added risk of cavities.


Visit your dentist regularly

Go to the dentist for checkups and cleanings regularly, usually every six months. These visits are important because your dentist can spot and fix problems early before they get worse. 


Achieve a perfect smile with expert orthodontic care

Stained teeth, cavities, and gum disease aren't the only problems that can affect your smile and confidence. Open bites, overcrowded teeth, and other misalignment issues can impact the health and appearance of your smile. 


Whether you need advice, a checkup, or treatment, take the next step towards a beautiful and healthier smile with a visit to Brunswick Valley Orthodontics. Schedule a consultation today and start your journey to a smile you'll love to show off!

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