The health of your mouth is directly linked to heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, arthritis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease, pre-term low birth weight in babies, and more. Despite this mouth-body connection, many of us still suffer from poor oral hygiene with 80% of Americans having at least 1 cavity by age 17 and 75% of US adults suffering from gum disease.
Brush & Floss Daily
Our dentists recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss daily. This not only keeps your teeth looking and feeling fresh, but also helps prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues from developing.
Fluoride helps rebuild weak areas of the teeth and protects them from being broken down by acids when sugars in food combine with saliva. Incorporating toothpastes and over-the-counter mouth rinses that contain fluoride is a great way to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Eat a mouth-healthy and balanced diet full of low-fat dairy, lean proteins, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, try to avoid starchy, sugary, or sticky foods as well as snacks in between meals.
Swap your soda, sports drinks, and juices for water. While sugary beverages coat teeth, soften enamel, and leave your teeth susceptible to tooth decay, water helps keep your mouth clean and healthy.
To learn more about maintaining healthy dental hygiene habits to keep your teeth strong and beautiful, look no further than Premier Dentistry. Our experienced dental team can answer any and all of your questions about your current dental hygiene routine while also providing you with the highest quality and most thorough dental cleanings, preventive exams, and more. Contact us today!