Three Healthy Habits for a Healthy Mouth
Have you been lax with your oral health and care in the last few years and are looking to make a change towards a healthier lifestyle? The good news is that it is always the perfect time to improve your oral health. The best part is that it is not difficult to change your ways. By simply adding some steps to create a new routine, it can easily lead you to a life of healthy dental habits.
Three Simple Steps to Oral Health
It is best to set realistic goals for yourself, or you will not follow through. Resetting your oral health does not need to be extremely involved and should revolve around three simple ideals:
- Visit the Dentist Regularly – We recommend visiting our office every six months. If you are looking to reset your oral health, that is the first step. During this appointment, we will thoroughly clean your teeth, inspect for any decay, as well as look for signs of gum disease and oral cancer. This will help us determine if any further treatments are needed. Please know that we do not judge any patient who has not visited the dentist in some time. Our main goal is to get the oral care you need to get your oral health back on track. We can also offer assistance if you experience dental anxiety.
- Use Proper Oral Care Habits at Home – We are sure that by now you know to brush your teeth a minimum of twice daily, but we wanted to go over some additional tips that can help you while at home. If you are looking for a new routine we recommend brushing as soon as you wake and again immediately before bed. Most people don’t realize that you should be brushing for two minutes. If you struggle with this, you can set a timer to help yourself. Using dental floss is almost as important as brushing. It helps to remove food particles and bacteria that have been left behind. Don’t forget to brush and clean your tongue as well.
- Your Mouth is For Healthy Foods – If sweets, sugary foods and drinks are your weakness, you are not alone. Be sure to enjoy sugar in moderation and instead fill your plate with healthy foods such as lean protein, leafy greens, yogurt, cheese, and fruit. It is best to add extra water to your diet to help wash away any remaining food after eating. We also recommend staying away from tobacco products and using your mouth as a tool to open bottles, bite tags, and chew pens. This can lead to discomfort and damage to your mouth.
If you are ready to take the first step and schedule your routine hygiene examination, we would love to hear from you! We can also help answer any other questions you might have about your oral health and how to get it back on track. We look forward to seeing you soon at our office located in Fort Lee, NJ.