Wondering if your daily routine is actually promoting a healthy smile or hurting your oral health?
Caring for your smile doesn’t have to be challenging. There are easy, everyday things you can do to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy. Of course, sometimes people don’t realize what habits are actually bad for their smile. Our West Houston, TX, dentist, Dr. June Goodall, offers up some pointers on how to care for your smile the right way.
Your Oral Care Routine
While most people should know the importance of brushing and flossing, sometimes these routines can still fall a bit flat. While we understand that things happen and you may skip flossing one night here and there, if you aren’t flossing every night then you may have a problem. Brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush is a must. Flossing at least once a day is also necessary. If you do these two things regularly then you’ll be in good shape.
Your Everyday Habits
Are you a smoker? Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaw? Do you often use your teeth as tools to open up things like plastic packaging? If so, then you are doing your smile a great disservice. While teeth are incredibly strong they aren’t impervious to damage. Teeth should only be used for talking or speaking, not as tools. If you smoke, it’s time to talk to our West Houston, TX, general dentist about some local options and support groups to help you quit the habit for good. If you grind your teeth we can also design and create custom night guards to protect your teeth from wear and tear while you sleep.
What You Eat
The foods and drinks you consume can make or break your oral health. Your teeth, gums and jawbone need nutrients to thrive, just like the rest of your body. If you aren’t maintaining a healthy diet, then you may be lacking those nutrients that you need. A diet that is rich in lean proteins, fibrous fruits and vegetables and whole grains will support a healthy smile. Stay away from sugar and junk food to ward away decay and gum disease.
June Goodall, DDS & Associates in Houston, TX, is here to ensure that you have a healthy smile for life. Don’t let your oral health fall by the wayside. If you need to schedule your next dental cleaning, call us today.