In the dental world there’s an abundance of facts, tips, and advice with it comes to oral health. During COVID-19 times, it’s especially important to ensure you’re following good dental health practices at home. Trying to follow all of the tricks of the trade can be overwhelming sometimes, so we wanted to create a guide that maps out five top dental habits to develop to maintain a healthy and bright smile.
Floss Floss Floss!
There’s a reason why flossing is such a hot topic at every dentist visit. Most adults are not flossing as much as they should, and it’s the most important part of your dental care routine. If you skip flossing, that means that you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth’s surface. Dental floss is the only tool that can access bits of food and plaque in between your teeth, so even if you brush, you’re still not getting a full clean.
Think of a scenario where you’re cleaning your kitchen floor. If you go straight to mopping without first sweeping up stray dust and food particles, then you’re just moving the mess around your floor. That’s what it’s like when you brush your teeth without flossing first.
To make your life easier, technology has invented new ways to floss. Innovations such as water flossers use water pressure and pulsations to clean the areas in between your teeth. Clinical studies have shown that water flossers are overall more effective than standard dental floss at removing plaque and gingivitis. If you struggle with string dental floss, a water floss may be a good option for you.
Use an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are another good example of strides in dental technology. While a standard toothbrush can be effective, it requires a good technique to yield the best results. Just as water flossers help simplify the flossing process, electric toothbrushes help provide the deepest clean without the extra work. Adding in an electric toothbrush to your twice daily brushing and flossing routine will help maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
Teach Your Children
Dentists often stress the importance of instilling good dental habits at a young age. What you learn as a child will stick with you through adulthood, so it’s crucial that kids learn consistency in dental hygiene. Not only should you teach your kids good brushing and flossing techniques, but you should also be a role model when it comes to staying on track with dentist check-ups, and limiting sugary foods and drinks. For more tips for your child’s dental health, click here.
Avoid Soda and Energy Drinks
Since our youth we’ve been lectured about the harm candy can cause our teeth, and as we got older we learned about the staining potential of coffee. While we may have heard about the damage that soda has on our teeth, it’s important to note that soda truly is one of the worst things we can consume when it comes to dental health. The acid, sugar and carbonation in soda all contribute to tooth decay.
Another top contender when it comes to dental damage are energy drinks. Energy drinks can have a higher sugar content and acidity than soda, and yet they’re not talked about as often.
The bottom line: always check the sugar content in your food and beverages. Even options considered to be “healthy” may sneak in added sugars, so the more attentive you are to the ingredients in your food, the better.
We’re Not Scary!
For generations, people have feared going to the dentist. Now, due to advances in technology and more education on dental hygiene, going to the dentist really is an easy and painless process. Combining a consistent and effective dental routine at home with regular check-ups, you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of dental health success.
At Ashley Dental Associates, we’re here to keep you happy and comfortable, and will always work with you to maintain your best smile.