By Patrick Howard, D.D.S.
September 25, 2014
Category: Oral Health
To keep teeth pretty looking and pretty healthy, there are some basic dental practices your family needs to follow. You probably already know that teeth need to be brushed twice a day and flossed at least once a day. But you don’t want to forget some friendly dental advice to make your oral hygiene routine better. Check it out below!
Tips for Oral Hygiene in the Morning and Night
When you wake up in the morning, you need to consider your oral hygiene routine. Do you brush and floss before breakfast? Or are you the person that runs the toothbrush over your teeth for a second before running out the door? In our professional opinion, we recommend that you take care of your teeth after you eat a healthy breakfast. It’s more beneficial to eat as soon as you get up because your metabolism is running fast, and it’ll kick-start your day. Plus, eating and then getting ready lets your tooth enamel remineralize before you brush.
In recent years, research has suggested that acidic foods and beverages once consumed can soften the tooth enamel. If you brush and floss right after eating, softened enamel may be damaged. You don’t want to damage the enamel because it’s your first line of defense against cavity-causing plaque bacteria.
Pack a Tooth-Friendly Lunch
It’s tempting to rush through a drive through during a short lunch hour, but fast food restaurants are notorious for having meals high in sugars and acidity levels that aren’t good for your teeth and overall health. Our tips for eating healthy are to:
- Make a grocery list with healthy and filling items
- Buy groceries on a full stomach, so you aren’t tempted to buy junk food and sugary snacks
- Make your lunch the night before so you have time to pack a balanced lunch
- Create a weekly meal plan to keep your family on track and on time
Our best tip—check to make sure your family’s dental appointments are updated! You don’t want to go more than six months without a checkup—decay could already be present.
We hope our patients are going the extra mile for their teeth because it will be the best thing in the long run. If you want to regain your basic dental habits, start with a checkup. We can tell you what your teeth need on a daily basis. To schedule an appointment, please call our dental practice in the 20024 area of Washington.
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