Aug 25, 2021

Today, we’re looking at 5 easy tips for amazing oral care. Previously, we looked at “How often should I be flossing?” Certainly, flossing at least once a day will go a long way to preventing tooth decay

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5 Easy Tips for Amazing Oral Care

As part of the tips for maintaining your smile, we recommend a thorough dental exam and professional cleaning twice a year. (Hey, that’s a tip too!)

However, some may require more frequent visits, depending on your oral health and other factors. By seeing your dentist regularly and following tips like the ones below, you can avoid the need for care to restore and repair your smile.

One: Drink Plenty of Water Daily

Our bodies are 50-70% water, so drinking enough is vital for maintaining general health. According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, here is how much water you may ideally need each day:

  • About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men
  • About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women

That’s a lot of water! However, it includes fluids taken in by eating food, making up about 20% each day.

In addition to a wide range of general health benefits, drinking enough water after meals improves oral health. As you drink, you flush away food particles and the residue left behind by sticky, sugary foods and drinks. For those wearing braces or Invisalign, drinking enough water can help keep your teeth strong during treatment.

Two: ADA-Approved Mouthwash (Over Age Six)

Every day, it’s best to brush twice for two minutes and floss at least once. Using a soft brush helps prevent damaging tooth enamel. Then, for kids over age six, using an ADA-approved mouthwash as directed will further help. By using mouthwash, you can avoid bad breath, resist plaque, and help avoid tooth decay.

For younger kids, they might swallow the mouthwash, so it’s best avoided unless directed by your dentist.

Below, Dr. Schwartz recommends a current favorite on Instagram.

Three: Change Your Toothbrush Regularly

With daily use, your toothbrush bristles will become worn and much less effective at removing plaque. To the eye, you might not be able to see that the brush isn’t working as well. So, the CDC suggests it’s best to replace your handheld toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.

For electric toothbrushes, the smaller rotating heads will tend to wear out faster. So, they ideally should be replaced every 12 weeks. However, it depends on the type of brush, so it might need to be replaced more frequently.

When brushing, be sure to brush your tongue, which can also remove plaque. If someone in the home is sick, it’s a good idea to change to new toothbrushes afterward. See more tips about toothbrushes in our recent blog. 

Four: Find Your Favorite Toothbrush and Flosser

If you find it hard to stay interested in brushing and flossing, there are many ways to keep oral care interesting. For example, trying a new electric toothbrush can make it fun to brush. Today, these brushes have a wide variety of settings to add variety to your toothbrushing experience.

For kids, there are many ADA-approved choices for kids featuring their favorite characters. When kids do a good job taking care of their teeth, a great reward is a new toothbrush with their favorite colors and characters. However, who doesn’t enjoy an upgrade when it’s time to replace a toothbrush?

When it comes to flossing, each person has their own preferred method. For some, just a roll of plain old floss will do the trick. For others, they may find it easier with a handheld flosser that holds the thread or a Waterpik. It pays to try a new tool if you are finding it difficult to floss. If you need help finding the right tool, we’re here at (914) 271-6224.

Below, Dr. Schwartz recommends an electric toothbrush on Instagram.

Five: Good Ole’ Fruits and Veggies 

For the past year, it’s been very important to practice vigilant oral care during the pandemic. One way to keep your teeth strong at home is to eat more healthy foods containing fiber. Each time you eat leafy veggies, you are encouraging the helpful bacteria in your mouth. Plus, greens like spinach contain minerals that help keep tooth enamel strong. 

Besides more veggies, fruits are a great way to boost oral health when eaten plain. For example, citrus contains vitamin C, which helps the body to avoid bleeding gums and gum disease.

We hope this list of 5 easy tips for AMAZING oral care is helpful. Lastly, we would highly recommend finding a dentist you enjoy seeing regularly. For more tips on that subject, see our recent blog, “Things to look for when seeking a new dentist.”

Please, contact us anytime at (914) 271-6224, or use our online request form to schedule an appointment. Today, we also offer free virtual consultations so that you can learn more from home.

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