While good oral health is priceless, it doesn’t have to be expensive! You can reduce your risk for developing many common dental ailments by practicing preventive care. To help you get started, Hillstream Dental in Rochester Hills and St. Claire Shores has put together this list of tips and tricks for optimal oral health.
Make Oral Health a Routine
Maintaining your oral health becomes easier if it’s a habit. We recommend creating an oral health routine at home by brushing your teeth twice daily at around the same time every morning and evening. If you have children, get the whole family involved! Establishing health habits when young can help your kids enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Don’t Forget About Your Diet
Many of our patients understand the importance of brushing and flossing, but overlook the impact their diet can have on their oral health. Because the bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugars and starches you consume, a diet full of sweets and carbs can increase your risk for cavities. Protect your tooth enamel by enjoying treats in moderation.
When It Comes to Brushing, Technique Matters
We know that the impulse to brush your teeth vigorously in order to finish quickly can be hard to avoid, but don’t give in! Vigorous brushing can damage your tooth enamel. Not only can this increase your tooth sensitivity, it can also increase your chances for developing cavities. Instead, brush your teeth gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush for a full two minutes.
Seriously: Don’t Skip the Floss
If you take the time to brush your teeth but skip the floss, you’re only cleaning 60% of your tooth’s surface. Food residue is often trapped between teeth, leaving oral bacteria to feed on it and break it down into acid. Flossing once daily takes just a few minutes of your time but can deliver the peace of mind that you’re protecting your pearly whites from cavities.
Don’t Be a Stranger
At Hillstream Dental, we recommend most of our patients visit us twice yearly for professional cleanings and a dental exam. This allows our team to keep an eye on your oral health and treat any potential issues before they develop into major problems. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today!