Summary of 5 Healthy Habits to Follow Daily
- Brush two to three times a day
- Floss daily
- Limit snacks between meals
- Stay away from tobacco
- Keep up with your regular check-ups and cleanings
Read on to learn more about the 5 healthy habits you should be following daily to maintain a happy and healthy smile.
A confident smile is always within reach—and it starts with good oral hygiene. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent common dental issues from developing and ensure your teeth’s long-term beauty. If you keep up with healthy dental habits on a daily basis, you’ll have even more to smile about.
1. Brush two to three times a day.
We recommend Philips Sonicare brushes because they are the most effective tool to keep your mouth and teeth clean. Designed to work in your mouth without too much effort, you just need to place the toothbrush bristles against the teeth at a slight angle toward the gum line. Turn the brush on and apply a light pressure to maximize the effectiveness and let the Sonicare do the brushing for you. Move the brush head slowly across the teeth in a back and forth motion, so the longer bristles reach between your teeth. In two minutes, you’ll have a bright, clean smile.
It’s important to replace your brush every three months to ensure effectiveness—weak bristles don’t get the job done. Brush both sides of your teeth and all chewing surfaces—and get back there if you still have wisdom teeth. We also recommend using a natural healing toothpaste and mouth rinse like Dental Herb Company’s Tooth and Gum Paste and Mouth Rinse.
2. Floss daily.
Although Sonicare does the best job possible for in-between your teeth, no toothbrush can clean that in-between space where gums and teeth meet as effectively as flossing. By flossing once a day, you can remove plaque from those hard-to-reach places. If not addressed, plaque hardens and becomes tartar, which requires professional cleaning. This buildup can produce cavities, gum disease, bone loss, and might even lead to lost teeth.
As much as we enjoy seeing our patients’ friendly faces, we want you to keep your teeth and gums healthy, vibrant, and in your mouth for a lifetime.
3. Limit snacks between meals.
Everybody has a sweet tooth—even Dr. Aguil! But oral hygiene is a crucial part of overall wellness. To maintain a healthy diet and beautiful smile, avoid snacking on foods that are high in sugar or starch. If you get hungry mid-morning or afternoon, sub in some fruits or vegetables. Both help stimulate natural saliva flow, reducing tooth decay and re-mineralizing the surfaces of your teeth.
4. Stay away from tobacco.
Did you know that smokers are four times more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers? Smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes—or chewing tobacco—increases the risk of oral cancer. Also, most smokeless tobacco brands use sugar-based sweeteners, which makes users more susceptible to tooth decay. We recommend avoiding all types of tobacco, even e-cigarettes that use real tobacco, to protect your teeth and gums for the long run.
5. Keep up with your regular check-ups and cleanings!
It’s impossible to remove all plaque from your teeth and gum line solely through brushing and flossing. In fact, plaque begins to build up every time you eat or drink. To keep your smile confident and radiant, supplement your healthy habits with regular teeth cleanings at least twice a year.
At Exquisite Dentistry, we prioritize your oral hygiene—building habits, smiles, and relationships that last. Reach out today to schedule an appointment!