Start 2021 Off With the Right Oral Hygiene Habits

When it comes to family dental care in Roxborough, Colorado, Drs. Gordon, Matheson, and Niepraschk believe that the new year offers patients the perfect time to restart their oral hygiene habits and recommit to enjoying a healthy, great-looking smile.

By now, most of our patients know about the connection that exists linking their oral and overall health. Decades worth of research has found that patients with tooth decay, gum disease, and missing teeth have a significantly higher risk for developing a range of chronic health conditions that include heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and even cancer.

Taking care of your teeth and gums offers you far more than just a smile that dazzles, it can also help lower your risk for a range of health problems that can seriously impact your quality of life.

To help you start 2021 off the tools needed to enjoy the best oral health possible, here are a few tips the American Dental Association recommends for improving you and your family’s daily oral hygiene routine.

Brush Twice a Day – But do it the Right Way

Unless you want to seek out family dental care in Roxborough, Colorado to deal with repeated cavities and swollen gums, you need to brush at least twice a day.

Ideally, to maximize your brushing, you should brush in the morning after eating breakfast and again at night just before bed. When you brush, you need to brush for at least two minutes. This will give you the time to properly clean all of the crevices and hard to reach areas of your mouth.

Unfortunately, despite the ADA’s recommendation, most people only brush for an average of 30 seconds. That’s just a quarter of the amount of time the ADA recommends spending on this important habit.

When you think of the results you’d achieve by spending only 30 seconds showering, shaving, applying makeup, or combing your hair, you get a better idea of why you need at least two minutes to do the job right.

Floss Daily

Flossing works to remove food particles and harmful oral bacteria from areas of your mouth a toothbrush cannot reach- between your teeth. While that may not seem like a big deal, flossing actually works to clean nearly a one-third of the entire surface area of your teeth.

Still not convinced? Well, how about the fact that the most common place for cavities to develop in the mouth is actually between your teeth.

A regular flossing habit will also help to improve how your breath smells.

All of this for just one-minute worth of flossing. That’s a great return on your time investment.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Plaque uses the sugars we consume to produce harmful substances that slowly erode away at your tooth enamel. The more sugar your diet contains the more damage plaque can do to the long-term health of your teeth and gums.

Conversely, foods rich in vitamins, vital nutrients, and calcium can actually work to strengthen your teeth. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables also makes a great choice for a healthy smile due to their high water content, which help to clean your teeth and flush food particles out of the mouth when eaten.

Schedule Regular Dental Care in Roxborough, Colorado

Regular visits to see our doctors enable our team to spot the early signs of gum disease and tooth decay before any existing problems can progress into a long-term issue.

Frequent dental cleanings provide our team of friendly hygienists the chance to remove plaque and tartar deposits from the surface of your teeth before they can contribute to the development of dental disease and decay.

In case you’re concerned about visiting the dentist during the current pandemic, know that your health and safety remains our top priority. Early in 2020, the ADA issued guidelines on how dentists can safely treat patients. We’ve adopted these measures and have taken additional precautions by using enhanced infection control procedures and disinfection practices when treating our patients.

Be Wary of DIY Dental Care

Some fads you hear about on social media like oil pulling offer very little proven dental benefits. Other habits, like whitening your teeth with charcoal, can even cause you to inadvertently damage the health of your teeth.

Before taking a chance on a DIY dental care treatment option, talk with any of our dentists to learn about the potential benefits and risks of each treatment. Our team always has your best interests at heart and will happily provide you with the answers you need.

 

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