Have you started your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Are there things you want to see improved in 2018 such as your health or your appearance? One way to improve both is to give your smile some attention. Here are 5 healthy habits from your south Charlotte dental team at Park Crossing Dentistry that will help your teeth look and feel better than ever. Watch how others will take notice!
1. Better Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing your teeth every day is essential. Many people only brush once a day, but it’s best to brush in the morning and at night. If you fail to brush at night, unhealthy bacteria left in the mouth can harm your teeth and gums. And speaking of gums…they are just as important as your teeth when it comes to your oral health. They protect your teeth’s sensitive roots. While brushing, be sure you clean where your teeth meet your gums. Your mouth will be happy in 2018!
2. Cut Back on Sugar
There are many reasons to eat less sugar, but especially when it comes to oral health. Cavities are caused by sugar. The process begins as you consume sugary foods, producing harmful acids that begin to thrive in your mouth. These acids attack tooth enamel. Foods high in sugar like candy, sodas, juices, and energy drinks speed up this process. It’s not necessary to give them up entirely, but it’s important to limit your consumption to help protect your teeth.
3. Water, Water, Water
Not only is water good for proper hydration, but it is good for your mouth as well. Drinking water gives your teeth a nice rinse, removing excess sugar and food particles. It also dilutes the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. A steady intake of water throughout the day will go a long way toward keeping your smile cavity free.
4. Stop Using Tobacco
Studies have confirmed the damage that can be done to your teeth from smoking cigarettes and using smokeless tobacco. They can create a sticky film that is difficult to brush off, which can make stains cling to them. In addition, they leave you vulnerable to gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. We recommend doing whatever possible to limit your use of tobacco. It will have dramatic effects in a short period of time.
5. Visit Us Regularly!
No dental care program is complete without regular cleanings and check-ups. Two short visits every year allow our friendly, conservative team to clean your teeth in ways you simply cannot at home. It also allows our doctors to detect, early on, any dental issues you might have. We can even help take your smile to another level with a variety of cosmetic services. We want you looking and feeling your best in 2018!