Whatever you do whether it is your job or your hobby, it never hurts to review the basics. That includes your oral hygiene routine. It is easy as time goes on and life gets hectic to start cutting corners or spending less time and effort when you are getting ready for work or school in the morning, or preparing to hit the sack at night.
A big part of taking care of your teeth is to see our dentist, Dr. Glen Lockwood for your routine appointments. However, much of your oral health is all up to you. So what can you do to make sure that your smile stays safe and healthy?
We’ve all heard the term “watch what you eat.” That is a good thing to remember, not just for your health or your weight but also for your teeth. You need to eat a balanced diet, but limit your sugar and carbohydrate intake, since the bacteria in the plaque on your teeth uses the sugar to create the acids that attack your tooth enamel. Acidic foods and drinks can also be dangerous for your teeth. Your diet should be rich in fruits, vegetables, and protein, as well as vitamins and minerals. Calcium is especially important for your smile. If you are looking for a good drink for your teeth, try water.
You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after each meal, but if you choose to do that, wait for about 30 minutes to give the saliva in your mouth time to neutralize the acids from your meal. If you brush right after you eat, you may end up just spreading the acid around your mouth. Before you start, rinse your mouth to remove any loose food debris. You will want to brush your upper teeth first, and then your lower teeth. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Brush your gums, and then outsides of your teeth, followed by the insides. You should spend a total of two minutes brushing. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well since it is home to millions of bacteria that can cause bad breath.
Along with brushing, you need to floss your teeth. At the very least you should floss at least once a day. It doesn’t matter if you brush or floss first, just as long as you do a careful job of both. Start with your back teeth and work your way forward. Curve the floss around each tooth and floss under and then away from your gums. Use about 18 inches of floss, and use a new section of floss for each tooth, and do not reuse dental floss.
If you could use a little review when it comes to taking care of your teeth, if you have noticed a problem, or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and exam in Kenai, Alaska, we will be happy to see you at Kenai Dental Clinic Call 907-283-4875 today and we will schedule you for an appointment.