Your parents probably instilled a good dental hygiene routine in you when you were younger. Many patients don’t pay attention to their teeth and gums. Sometimes they only brush their teeth twice a day—if that—and completely forget about flossing! Those habits aren’t good dental hygiene habits, let alone ones to help reach optimal dental health. In order to get your smile back up to its optimal level of health, follow these tips from your Chicago Loop dentist. Lakefront Dental is ready to do their part to provide excellent dental care every time a patient walks into our office. We just hope that our patients do their part to maintain great dental care at home.
1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene by Brushing Twice a Day.
According to the Oral Health Foundation, one in four adults admit that they don’t brush twice a day. This is a crucial part to maintaining a healthy mouth! In short, your mouth harbors bacteria. The good thing is that it’s not all is bad bacteria, but it’s still very important to brush your teeth. The point of brushing your teeth in the morning is to remove the bacteria that has been festering overnight in your mouth. It’s also important to remove the bacteria and food that has built up around your mouth at the end of the day. So, typically, your mouth will maintain healthy levels of bacteria by brushing twice a day.
2. Watch the Foods You Eat and Drink.
It’s true that a healthy, balanced diet will keep your body in tip top shape—but a balanced diet will also keep your mouth healthy.
Even with the most rigorous, consistent home dental hygiene routines, your teeth will still begin to discolor over the years. This is natural, but the foods and drinks you decide to consume can play a part, too. Dark colored drinks like wine, coffee, and black tea attack the enamel of your teeth and can permanently stain them. The best option for your teeth is water!
A healthy diet also helps your teeth stay strong, not just bright and white. To keep your smile strong and durable, it is important that you are feeding your body the right vitamins and nutrients to keep it healthy. You should incorporate foods that are rich in calcium, vitamin D, Vitamin C, and raw crunchy veggies to exercise your jaw with consistent chewing.
3. Keep Your Routine Dental Appointments!
When was your last dental visit? Visiting the experts at Lakefront Dental every six months (at least) is one of the most important parts of maintaining good oral health. Your dentist can examine your mouth for both minor and major dental issues during a thorough examination. This way, you know your oral health status, and how to improve it. After your thorough evaluation, you will also receive a professional cleaning! Why wouldn’t you show up to your checkup appointment? Call today to schedule the next available time slot.