Want to make 2019 the best year yet for your teeth and gums? Brush 2-3 times a day, floss at least once per day, eat a sensible diet, and see your dentist in Lawrenceburg for regular exams and cleanings.
It’s also important to exercise, get plenty of rest, avoid tobacco, and reduce the amount of stress in your life. In this post we’ll look at each of these tips in a little more detail, giving you the knowledge you need to safeguard not only your oral health but your entire body.
The Tooth Care “Big Three”
Accomplishing any goal starts by paying attention to the fundamentals. When it comes to enjoying healthy teeth and gums, this means focusing on these three essentials:
- Regular brushing. Most dentists recommend brushing after every meal, although twice a day is usually sufficient. You should use a soft bristle toothbrush and a toothpaste with the ADA seal of acceptance on the product label. Brush for a full two minutes each time, taking care to clean every surface of your teeth.
- Daily flossing. Even the most thorough brushing will never remove food particles between your teeth, which is why flossing is so important. You’ll find floss strings on the market in various widths and with wax coatings for your comfort.
- Seeing your dentist twice a year. Brushing and flossing can never remove all the plaque and tartar on your teeth; that takes professional cleaning. Seeing your dentist also allows him or her to catch oral health problems before they turn into serious conditions.
Added Tips for Healthy Teeth and a Healthy Body
Want to enhance not only your dental health but your overall well-being? Check out these other recommendations:
- Exercise. A healthy body is better able to care for all its parts, including the teeth and gums. Remember to check with your doctor or other healthcare provider before starting any exercise program.
- Reduce stress. Studies show that prolonged stress can have devastating consequences for your health. People who are chronically overstressed are at much greater risk for problems like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Effective ways to manage stress include meditation, systematic relaxation, and taking up a relaxing hobby.
- Eat a healthy diet. Did you know that your teeth are living organisms? It’s true. Inside each tooth is a complex series of blood vessels that deliver nourishment to the surrounding cells. For the system to work properly, you must eat foods that are high in protein and complex carbs and low in sugars and simple starches.
- Get plenty of rest. Walking around sleep deprived puts a strain on your entire system. It takes a refreshened body to repair damage and keep every organ working its best.
- Avoid tobacco and vaping products. Smoking erodes tooth enamel, interferes with your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, and greatly increases your risk of cancer. Talk to your dentist about new medicines that can help you to kick the habit.
Make 2019 your best year yet by following the tips in this post. Come 2020, you’ll look back with a proud smile on all that you’ve accomplished.
About the Author
Dr. Brian C Oyler has been practicing dentistry in Lawrenceburg for almost 25 years. He earned his DDS degree from Indiana University’s School of Dentistry in Indianapolis and worked for years under Dr. Ford before taking over the practice. You can reach his office online or by calling (812) 537-4272.