1. Brush 2x a Day, for 2 Minutes
Always brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day, every day. One of the most important things we can do is to brush our teeth for two minutes, in the morning and at night before we go to bed. Proper brushing reduces plaque, prevents tooth decay, and helps limit the onset of gum disease.
2. Floss Daily
Make Flossing a Daily Habit. Daily flossing helps you to reach the spaces between your teeth, and using dental floss helps removes food particles and plaque to prevent cavities & gum disease. Your oral health is connected to your overall health, so skipping the daily flossing can actually make you more susceptible to infection, and other overall health issues like diabetes, stroke, heart disease, & prenatal complications – among others. Not convinced? Flossing can also help prevent bad breath!
3. Daily Rinsing with Mouthwash
Rinse with mouthwash to improve your oral health. A daily dose of mouthwash is another effective way to reduce bad breath. Daily brushing & flossing alone doesn’t eliminate cavity and gum disease causing bacteria so rinsing with an anti-microbial mouthwash helps prevent gum disease. Look for an antiseptic mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
4. Chewing Sugar-Free Gum
Chewing sugar-free gum can help keep teeth healthy. Chewing sugar-free gum, especially after eating and drinking, stimulates your mouth to produce the most important natural defense against tooth decay — saliva. This helps to fight cavities, neutralize plaque acids, remineralize enamel to strengthen teeth and wash away food particles.
Want more tips and to see how healthy your mouth is? Talk to Dr. Brazeal next time you’re in the office for your routine bi-annual checkup & cleaning.