In today fast paced lifestyles we don’t always have all the time in the world to improve the health of our teeth. However, just a few minutes a day is all it takes to keep your brilliant smile, plus adopting a few healthy lifestyle habits in between. Check out these four quick tips to improving your dental routine that you can start today!
1. Eat Better
A healthy diet and exercise routine isn’t just good for your waistline — it’s good for your smile as well. Just as important as brushing and flossing, your diet can have a major impact on the health of your gums and teeth. Instead of reaching for carb-heavy foods that also happen to be high in sugar, go for fruits and vegetables that are packed with nutrients, from apples and bananas to broccoli and kale. Avoid the sodas and fruit juices switch to water. Water can be flavoured with cucumbers, mint leaves or cinnamon and be sure to teach your kids to do the same. Sugar breeds bacteria in the mouth, leading to decay. Eating an apple or raw celery, chewing on sugar-free gum, or sucking on sugar-free candy will stimulate the salivary glands and encourage a cleaner, more moistened mouth.
2. Keep Your Dental Supplies Handy
You will be more inclined to use your dental care products when you do not have to search for them every day. Keep all of your supplies together, whether they are in your medicine cabinet or on your bathroom sink. Keep them well stocked up so you don’t go without and it’s always a great idea to carry floss or soft picks in your purse or glove box in the car.
3. Switch Out Your Toothbrush Regularly
Your toothbrush is your friend! However, it’s time to get a new friend every few months or whenever you notice the bristles beginning to fray. You should also get a new one after you’ve been sick with the cold or flu to prevent re-infecting yourself or spreading your germs to others. It’s a good idea to have a new brush waiting in the drawer so you always have one on hand.
4. Rinse Before Brushing
Use a non-fluoride mouthwash prior to brushing. While many people use mouthwash after brushing, this can wash away fluoride from toothpaste. Using mouthwash before brushing will ensure that you retain fluoride on your teeth, and the mouthwash will “loosen up” any plaque or food particles on your teeth, making it easier to remove them with a toothbrush.
Thanks for checking out our tips! We’d love to meet you and help you improve your oral health, so please feel free to contact us if you’d like any additional information at 905-545-4833. Keep Smiling!!