We know, we know. You’ve heard it a million times! “Only brush and floss the teeth you want to keep!”
The good news is that most of our patients do an excellent job of keeping up with their home care routine. But you might be wondering if there are any other steps you should be taking to keep your teeth in good health – and there are!
Your Dental Solutions dentist in Jonesboro, AR and our skilled hygienists have plenty of recommendations for a healthier smile!
Here are three (other!) ways you can improve your oral health:
1. Eat a nutritious diet – Not only do healthy teeth allow you to eat fresh, healthy, nutritious foods, these foods help you to keep your teeth healthy! Foods like fresh fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy contain the vitamins and minerals that are the building blocks for your entire body, including your teeth. Milk and green leafy vegetables contain calcium, which is necessary for strong bones. Plus, nutritious foods contain antioxidants, which help strengthen your body’s immune system.
2. Don’t smoke – If you already aren’t a smoker, well done! If you do smoke, talk to us about how to quit. Smoking damages your oral health in countless ways from the stains it leaves on your enamel to the increased risk for periodontal disease and oral cancer. We know that quitting can be hard, but we also have every confidence in your ability to do it!
3. Wear a protective mouth guard when you play sports – We see far too many painful dental injuries caused by sports! Damage caused by accidents in sports is usually to the front teeth, the ones that show when you smile. A properly fitted professional sports guard will help protect your teeth from injury, especially if you are playing a sport that could potentially involve contact with sports equipment or other players, including football, soccer, baseball, and hockey.
Of course regular cleanings and examinations are also vital for a healthy mouth! If it’s time for your next check-up, call Dental Solutions in Jonesboro, AR today to schedule!