World Oral Health Day is a global initiative to encourage following proper dental habits and, this year, emphasizing the importance of dental hygiene to staying in good overall health. Dr. Anna Berik of Newton Dental Associates recommends following these habits to keep your teeth and gums healthy!
Floss Once Per Day
Flossing once per day is critical to preventing gingivitis and periodontal disease from forming. When you floss, you remove stuck particles from between your teeth and prevents plaque and tartar from forming. Plaque and tartar buildup will cause your gums to become inflamed and lead to gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. While you perform your nightly brushing and flossing, it is important to also scrape your tongue. Lingering bacteria from food particles can spread through your mouth and lead to inflammation.
Use the Right Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Your toothbrush and toothpaste should each come with the American Dental Association seal on the packaging. Your brush should have soft bristles and be able to fit comfortably in your mouth, far enough to get your molars. An alternative is to use an electric toothbrush, which will push fluid between your teeth for a more thorough cleaning. Your toothpaste should be one you like enough to use every day.
Eat Foods That Naturally Cleanse Your Teeth
Certain foods are proven to naturally clean your teeth while you eat them. Fruits like apples, pineapple, and strawberries contain acid that naturally whitens teeth while you eat them. The skin on apples also acts as a cleanser, keeping your teeth and gums clean while you chew. Kale and broccoli strengthen your teeth and prevent yellowing and enamel erosion, and quinoa contains strengthening minerals to keep your teeth strong. If you are looking for a snack, certain types of cheese help build up your enamel.
Keep Your Regular Dentist Appointment
There is only so much you can prevent by brushing and flossing your teeth each day. Visiting your dentist allows the opportunity to get a more thorough picture of your overall dental health, from your teeth to gums. Your dentist will also be able to scan for more serious issues, such as diabetes or oral cancer.
General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Newton, MA
If you are due for a dentist appointment, contact Newton Dental Associates today. We will perform a thorough cleaning and examination of your teeth. If you are interested in improving your smile through cosmetic dentistry or Invisalign, we will be able to discuss options with you. Newton Dental Associates can be reached by calling 617-965-0060 or filling out our online contact form.