Healthy teeth are essential for a good-looking smile. Having and maintaining healthy teeth takes a lifetime of care, including using the right oral care products and being mindful of daily habits.
To help you achieve this goal, here are a few things you can do at home to keep your teeth healthy. For high-quality dental care in Carson City, Nevada, contact Dr. G. Larry Leonakis DDS at (775) 882-0635.
Brush Regularly and Properly
Brush your teeth twice a day. Position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle on the tooth surface and brush for at least 2 minutes, covering all the sides of your teeth.
Use the Right Toothbrush
A soft-bristled multi-tufted toothbrush with an easy-grip handle is ideal for maintaining healthy teeth. Change your brush when the bristles start to wear out or about every three months.
Use Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride fights tooth decay and strengthens your tooth enamel. Using fluoride toothpaste is beneficial to your oral health as is drinking fluoridated water.
Floss Your Teeth Once a Day
Clean the areas between your teeth using an interdental cleaner such as string floss, floss picks, or a water flosser.
Don’t Neglect Your Tongue
Plaque buildup on your tongue can lead to bad breath and other oral health problems. Therefore, you should also include brushing your tongue in your oral care routine.
You can use mouthwash after brushing and flossing to rinse your mouth. Doing this once or twice a day with an antibacterial mouthwash will help strengthen your teeth.
Don’t Snack on Sugary Foods and Eat a Balanced Diet
Sugary foods contribute to tooth decay. Try healthier options such as fruits. If you have sugary treats, restrict them to mealtimes. This gives saliva a chance to buffer the acids.
Avoid Smoking, E-cigarettes, and Alcohol
Avoiding all forms of tobacco and alcohol will help you prevent oral cancer and periodontal diseases.
Practiced throughout your life, these at-home tips can help improve your oral health. In addition, you should also visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups.
For more on how to care for your teeth at home, contact Dr. G. Larry Leonakis, DDS, at (775) 882-06353 or visit us at 371 S Roop St, Carson City, NV 89701.