We are all familiar with that clean feeling we feel after we have our teeth cleaned by our dentists. But how can we ensure we keep our teeth clean in between our routine cleaning visits? There are a variety of things that you can do to keep your teeth and mouth feeling clean. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are taking care of your teeth.
Avoid Soft drinks to Protect Your Teeth
Soda-pop is bad for your teeth. The ingredients are harsh on your teeth. The phosphoric and citric acids eat away at enamel which leaves your teeth vulnerable to cavities. A once in a while pop won’t hurt you, but the best thing to do is to cut it out from your diet altogether.
Cut Back on Sugar
This is one of the most important things you can do besides brushing and flossing regularly. Sugar can promote bacterial growth in your mouth. This can lead to potential tooth decay and cavities. You do not need to completely eliminate sugar from your diet, but you should limit how much you consume. It is also a good idea to brush and floss after a sugary snack.
Use Proper Brushing Technique
This one may seem straightforward, but often people are not too familiar with proper brushing technique. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and use a short circular motion with the head aimed towards your gum line. Make sure you brush each tooth for 10-15 seconds. If you are unsure if you are brushing correctly, consult your dentist.
Floss Your Way to Oral Health
We know that everyone may not enjoy flossing, but it is key to keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Make sure to use a clean, fresh part of the floss for each tooth. Don’t forget to floss behind your last molar. Make sure you are utilizing correct techniques when flossing to avoid any damage to your gums.
These tips will help you keep your teeth clean and your entire mouth healthy. If it is time for you to schedule a routine cleaning, give St. Luke’s OMS a call. Let our team of dentists help you with all of your dental service needs. Contact one of our offices today to set up an appointment. We are proud to serve those in the Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and Stroudsburg, PA areas. Call us today so we can help you with any dental needs you may have.