Every kid hopes their report card comes back with great scores. Almost all of the time their grades directly reflect the effort they put into their studies. Just as your report from your dentist typically reflects the effort you put into your oral care.
Every dentist wishes they could give a good report to every patient but unfortunately that isn't the case. Not only will maintaining a healthy lifestyle help you prevent many common dental issues from developing it will keep your dentist happy and proud.
Here are some dental habits your dentist will thank you for:
Regular dental visits and cleanings
Your dentist would like to see you making a habit of getting into the office every 6 months in order to catch any complications quickly and maintaining preventative treatments.
Good tooth brushing technique
Of course the most obvious good habit sure to please your dentist is good tooth brushing technique and habits. Brush your teeth at a 45 degree angle near the gum line so both the tooth and gums are being brushed at the same time using a back-and-forth and up and down motion getting all surfaces of the teeth. You may even consider getting an electric toothbrush! Be sure to brush at least twice a day.
Brush tongue and the roof of mouth
This is something many people often forget about. Brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth help remove bacteria which contributes to halitosis and increased bacteria growth. Some brands of toothbrushes have a tongue brush oh the back of the toothbrush as well.
Yes it can take time but it is worth it. Flossing removes food particles and bacteria that a toothbrush cannot reach. Between teeth is typically the surface area that cavities form and with daily flossing you dramatically decrease the risk of cavities.
Not all mouthwash is helpful. Visit with your dentist on what he recommends. You want one that kills bacteria and helps maintain strong teeth. Mouthwash is not a replacement for brushing of flossing but a great support for both.
Reduce soda, alcohol and coffee intake
These types of drinks can decrease the body’s level of calcium which can cause dental hygiene problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Drinks containing corn syrup and dye also discolor your pearly whites making them dingy and appear dirty.
Do not use tobacco products
There are a number of reasons not to use tobacco products including gum disease, oral cancer, tooth staining not to mention damage from the breath mints most people use to cover up the smoke smell. Did you know smokers are four times more likely to develop gum disease? Some people think they are safe using the smokeless products but they have a high amount of sugar that attacks your teeth as well!
Make a habit of good daily dental habits and you will have even more reasons to smile. Start today and work towards keeping your teeth for a lifetime. Give us a call and set up an appointment today.