Brush your teeth at least twice daily.
Brushing your teeth is essential for maintaining good oral health. Morning and evening brushing are the most recommended times for brushing. Brushing after meals or sugary drinks ensures that your teeth have less exposure to bacteria, food, and sugar!
Use a straw for drinks.
Drinking your beverages through a straw helps avoid the surfaces of your teeth. Preventing contact of these drinks to your teeth helps prevent sugar from coating and sticking to your teeth. Doing this also lowers the likelihood of staining your teeth with beverages like coffee and wine.
Flossing is the best way to get a full-mouth clean after brushing. Flossing reaches between your teeth and removes trapped food and bacteria that your toothbrush and/or mouthwash cannot reach alone. Colgate explains the importance of flossing here: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/brushing-and-flossing/how-important-is-flossing-0816.
Visit your dentist.
Scheduling biannual visits with your dentist will keep your smile in check.
Avoid using teeth as tools.
Using your teeth as tools causes damage. With the wrong job, you may chip or fracture your tooth! Take the time to use the right tools for the job, such as opening bottle caps and lids, it will save your smile.
Avoid clenching and grinding.
Clenching and grinding cause irreversible damage over time. Clenching may cause teeth to crack, fracture, and chip. Also, your jaw may hurt over time due to the stress. Grinding wears down your teeth over time, actually shortening them! People clench and grind in their sleep, so it’s important to talk to your dentist about a night guard to prevent further damage. Read our blog about night guards and more on our blog: https://www.serenityhavasu.com/uncategorized/night-guards-for-teeth-grinding/
With anything, consistency is KEY to having a healthy smile!