They say that your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so having missing, uneven, discolored, broken or chipped teeth, among other imperfections likely won’t create the most ideal first impression. In order for your teeth and smile to look it’s best, your teeth must stay healthy. Luckily, there are several things you can do that will help improve the health of your teeth and maintain a bright and beautiful smile.
Brush and Floss Regularly
While it may seem obvious, properly brushing and flossing is a cornerstone of good dental hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft bristled brush on your teeth for at least two minutes at a time. They also recommend using toothpaste with fluoride because this will help strengthen your teeth.
Remember, brushing alone will not keep your teeth clean, you need to floss to prevent plaque and bacteria buildup between your teeth.
Choose The Right Diet
Your diet actually plays a significant role in your dental health. Having a diet that is full of sugary foods and beverages can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. If we’re being honest, most of us know that we are already probably consuming too much sugary food and drinks because remember, food doesn’t need to taste sweet to be loaded with sugar. In fact, most processed foods are loaded with hidden sugar.
Instead of consuming these types of food and putting your teeth and oral health at risk, consider some of these alternatives:
- Drink water instead of soda and fruit juice
- Limit your sugar consumption
- Include foods from all food groups in your diet
- Choose healthy snacks such as fruit or cheese.
A healthy diet with the balance of the right foods can significantly improve the condition of your teeth. If you do choose to consume sugary foods or drinks, make sure to immediately brush after eating or rinse your mouth with water.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Of course, one of the best ways to keep your teeth and oral health in tip-top shape is to visit your dentist regularly. A thorough dental cleaning is important to ensure good dental health, and it is recommended to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and cleaning. Routine dental care will help eliminate issues like tooth decay and gum disease, as your dentist will be able to catch the early signs of these conditions before they turn into a more serious problem.
These are just three of the many things you can do to improve the health of your teeth and maintain a bright and beautiful smile. Be sure to follow our blog as we will continue to share other helpful tips to better your dental health.
Whether you are due for your regular dental check-up or are experiencing tooth pain or another dental issue, you can count on the Royersford dentists at Transcend Dental! With our complete dental services, we can help you achieve and maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. To learn more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us!