Spring is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings.
If you haven’t been keeping up with your oral health as well as you’d like to, there’s no better time than now to start new habits to take better care of your teeth and gums!
Some simple preventative care measures can save busy families lots of time and money on dental health care:
1. Replace Your Toothbrush
You probably already know that you should brush your teeth at least twice daily, but many people don’t replace their toothbrushes often enough and just grab something off the shelf when they do because they don’t know how to shop for the right toothbrush.
Replacing your toothbrush as soon as bristles look worn or bent, or every 3 – 4 months, whichever comes first. Look for one with soft bristles and a small head so it’s easier to move around in your mouth.
2. Reduce Stress in Your Life
Did you know that stress can affect your oral health? When people are stressed, their oral hygiene routines can be the first thing that gets neglected.
They may brush and floss less, and miss dentist appointments. They may smoke or eat more sugary snacks, and they’re more likely to grind their teeth.
It may not be possible to eliminate all stress from your life, but if you are experiencing it, find relaxation techniques like meditation, make it a priority to get enough sleep, and make time to exercise every week.
3. Start Flossing
If you’re not flossing, make it a habit. Floss at least once daily. New flossing devices on store shelves have made it easier and more convenient than ever before.
4. Snack for Dental Health
Be sure to eat foods that have the essential vitamins your teeth and gums need to stay healthy, while avoiding refined sugars and acidic beverages.
Eat lots of: calcium (yogurt, milk, some cheese), phosphorous (egg, beef, chicken, bread), vitamin A (liver, carrots, spinach, broccoli), vitamin C (citrus, strawberries, tomatoes), and vitamin D (trout, salmon, tuna, egg yolk, milk).
5. Schedule Your Regular Dental Checkup
You should see a dental health care specialist every six months for regular checkups and cleaning. It will save you time and money in the long run.
If you haven’t take enough preventative measures in the past and need restorative dental services, don’t wait another day to call and schedule an appointment for expert dental care.
This Spring can be your new start for better oral health!