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You know the saying: What you don’t know can’t hurt you. Though often quoted, it really isn’t true when you put it to the test.
What you don’t know can hurt you.
So we want you to have all the facts when it comes to your dental health. The health of your teeth matters to us, so here are 20 dental tips we feel you need to know.
Good oral health starts with the basics
- Don’t forget your gums when brushing your teeth. To keep your gums healthy, position the bristles at an angle of 45 degrees near the gum line. This will help remove the plaque that’s hiding in your gums.
- Want to keep your breath fresh? Remember to brush the surfaces of your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria which might cause bad breath.
- Brush at least twice a day to prevent acid buildup from the breakdown of food by bacteria.
- Flossing lets you to reach deep between your teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach. Floss at least once a day.
Eating healthy foods keeps teeth healthy
- Limit drinks like sodas and coffee which contain phosphorous. Too much phosphorous can deplete the body’s calcium level.
- Keep your teeth pearly white. Avoid drinks containing additives such as corn syrup and food dye which can make your teeth appear dull and discolored.
- It’s best to choose beverages like milk, which help strengthen teeth and build stronger enamel.
Get your recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals
- Calcium is essential for healthy teeth so get plenty of it.
- Calcium and vitamin D are necessary to maintain the health of our gums and teeth.
- Don’t forget your daily amount of vitamin B complex. It’s essential for keeping your gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding.
- Want to keep your teeth healthy? Be sure that copper, iodine, iron, zinc, and potassium are a part of your diet.
Dental tips to give you a bright and healthy smile
- If you’re wondering how your breath smells, lick your wrist, let it dry and then give it a sniff. If it smells, your breath probably does too.
- Can’t brush after a meal? Chew sugar-free gum after eating or drinking to help protect your teeth and gums in between meals.
- Like using mouthwash? That’s great! Just don’t use it directly after brushing or you’ll rinse away the fluoride from your toothpaste.
- Be sure to visit your dental hygienist regularly to get excellent tips and advice on preventing dental problems.
- Straight teeth are no longer just for looks. Crooked or crowded teeth can lead to gum disease that can eventually lead to tooth loss.
- Don’t forget to clean the surface of your tongue daily. This will remove countless bacteria that otherwise live on your tongue.
- Bacteria that lives on your tongue can contribute to bad breath (halitosis) and negatively impacts your dental health.
- Wait an hour after eating or drinking before brushing your teeth. Any earlier the enamel will be softened and you could be brushing away tiny particles of your teeth.
- The health of your teeth affects your overall health. Tooth problems can lead to diabetes, heart disease, and systemic infections.
Dr. Sommers is a Loyola Dental School graduate who dreamed of owning his own practice. He got his wish 25 years ago when he opened Sure Smile Dental in the Dental Arts Building in downtown Aurora, Illinois. When he’s not managing his dental practice, Dr. Sommers coaches men’s tennis and teaches classes at Aurora University. He also enjoys spending time with his sons and watching classic movies.