At Boca Sana Dental, we love seeing our patients smile. And if you have a healthy smile, you’re more likely to show it off during your day-to-day life.
But what exactly is a healthy smile?
Simple: a healthy smile is one that involves healthy teeth and healthy gums. You probably already know how important it is to keep your oral hygiene in the best possible state at all times, as it improves your overall health and well-being. Plus, when you smile more, your mood naturally improves – so it’s an all-round win.
That’s why we’ve put together our top 5 dental tips for the happy, healthy smile you deserve!
1. Visit Your Dentist Every 6 Months
Having a healthy smile begins with regular oral health exams.
Most dentists – ourselves included – recommend scheduling a general dental appointment once every 6 months. This way, we can professionally examine the state of your gums and teeth to identify and address any potential issues.
Any excess plaque building up on your teeth and/or gums can be removed. We can help you schedule a corrective appointment for any other issues.
That being said, not everyone needs to come in every 6 months. Some need to visit more often, while others safely book a visit once per year. If in doubt, ask us next time you come in for your appointment with Boca Sana Dental!
2. Daily Brushing and Flossing
Brushing your teeth for the recommended two minutes twice a day goes a long way to preserving those pearly whites. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and follow up by flossing between your teeth to make sure you remove all the plaque and things like stuck food.
Fluoride vs fluoride-free toothpaste is something of a hot debate topic these days – and there’s no universal answer. If in doubt, just ask us for a recommendation when you come in for your next appointment!
3. Cut Out Sugary Foods and Drinks
Sugary treats, whether sweets or soda, can be great every once in a while. But too much is definitely a bad thing, and will almost certainly lead to cavities and tooth decay.
Sticking to healthy foods and drinks, like fruit, vegetables, and water, goes a long way to preserving a healthy smile as well as a healthy mind and body. If you do treat yourself to the occasional sugary treat, try to brush your teeth immediately after. This will remove the excess sugar.
4. Use Mouthwash
Mouthwash is great not only for making your breath smell fresh, but also for helping to protect your teeth and gums.
Whether you use a mouthwash that includes alcohol or one that is alcohol-free, it will help you kill bacterias that live in your mouth regardless. Those bacteria tend to cause gum disease, which in turn damages your teeth.
You can rinse your mouth every time you brush your teeth, but if you don’t, try to do so at least once a day. A 30- to 60-second rinse will give you the best results!
5. Stub Out Those Cigarettes for Good
The negative health effects of smoking are well-known. Smokers are more prone to heart disease and lung cancer, and smoking while pregnant or breastfeeding is incredibly harmful to your baby.
But smoking is also bad for your oral hygiene.
It creates an environment that’s ideal for bacteria and plaque to populate your teeth and along the gum line. Over time, the tissues are severely harmed, the bone supporting your teeth is degraded, and your chances of tooth loss increase. You also stand the chance of developing oral cancer.
So, for the sake of your healthy smile and general well-being, quit smoking.
Healthy Smiles Start at Home
Using these 5 tips, you can develop and maintain a healthy smile!
It’s always best to start as young as possible, so make sure you’re teaching your children how to take proper care of their teeth. Kids also tend to emulate what they see more readily than what they’re told, so be sure to set a good example for them.
Get them used to visiting the dentist as early as possible too. In fact, by the time your child turns 1, they should already have made their first trip!
Get proactive about your oral hygiene today. Register online to become a Boca Sana Dental patient and let us help you enjoy a healthy smile.