If we could give you healthier teeth and a more beautiful smile instantly, you’d take us up on it, wouldn’t you? Well, what if we told you these things are in your reach — with just a few simple tweaks to your oral hygiene routine? It’s actually true. Making small but impactful changes can help you enjoy a brighter, stronger smile in no time. With that in mind, your dentist in Jacksonville has four tips for better oral health in 2016! Which one(s) could help your smile the most this year?
Improve your oral health in four simple steps
Excellent oral health can be yours — you just have to commit to taking the necessary steps to make it happen. What are these tooth tricks? Keep reading to find out.
#1: Brush up on your brushing technique
You know you should brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. But are you really doing it like you should, every single time? We know sometimes you’re late for work or too exhausted to do anything but fall asleep, but there’s really never a good excuse to skip brushing. And while you’re cleaning, examine your technique — are you brushing in soft, gentle circles? Covering all quadrants of the mouth equally? Brush intentionally for the best clean.
#2: Don’t skip the floss
Flossing is not optional. We repeat, flossing is not optional. It’s the only method you have of removing the food particles, plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush leaves behind, so make sure you’re getting in between your teeth at least once a day. Make a habit of flossing by placing the pack someplace you’re sure to see it each night, like on your nightstand or beside the water faucet.
#3: Balance your diet
You know sugar is an oral health no-no, but did you know eating a nutritious, balanced diet plays a big role in keeping your teeth strong, too? Make sure you’re getting a variety of vitamins and minerals naturally by stocking your kitchen full of whole grains, fresh produce, lean proteins and low-fat dairy sources.
#4: Visit the dentist regularly
It’s true that if you maintain solid oral hygiene at home, you’re unlikely to experience any oral problems — but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to decay and infection. Err on the side of caution and visit Eccella Smiles twice annually, like you know you should.
Speaking of visiting the dentist… when was your last checkup and cleaning? If it’s been more than six months, don’t risk your oral health any longer. Contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wagner and our excellent staff today! Your dentist in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra is here to help you and your whole family enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for life.