It’s easier than you think to stay ahead of tooth decay and maintain a fresh, healthy mouth. Try these hacks on for size!

Flossing – If you’re like most of us, you probably avoid flossing except just before your visit to your dentist or when you get something stuck between your teeth that just won’t come out any other way. Since flossing actually cleans more than half of your tooth surfaces, avoiding it leaves your pearly whites more susceptible to decay and gum disease. These flossing hacks ought to help you out.

Pre-made flossers make flossing a breeze. Start out with just a few teeth and gradually work your way up to flossing your whole mouth every night before bed. Or…you can always get wet and wild with a Waterpik. If you can get past the “splashiness,” it’s definitely worth trying one. Another viable option are those tiny brushes designed to fit between teeth called interproximal brushes.

Everybody’s dentist recommends brushing and flossing twice daily to prevent tooth decay, but diet plays a major roll in dental and oral health too. Foods loaded with sugars and carbohydrates are bacteria havens, producing abundant enamel-dissolving acid that leave your teeth susceptible to cavities. These foods along with sticky foods that adhere to tooth surfaces, sodas, juices and sweetened caffeine drinks can all wreak havoc on your teeth in short order. Switch to water for sipping and munch on fresh, crunchy veggies and fruits like apples, carrots and celery throughout the day to keep your teeth clean between brushings. For cheese lovers, cheddar and swiss cheeses have also been shown to combat tooth decay.

To prevent bad breath, brush or scrape your tongue every time you brush your teeth and drink plenty of water. To freshen your breath after meals and throughout the day, chew on mint or parsley, and use alcohol free mouthwash after brushing or for a quick refresher before meeting with people.

Good oral hygiene, paired with twice yearly check-ups, cleanings and maintenance, is the simplest way to make sure your teeth and gums stay in optimum working order for the rest of your days, and the best way to avoid paying for expensive (sometimes painful and scary) dental procedures.

Happy brushing!

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Oro Valley, AZ 85737

This Article Inspired by: Advanced Dental Care of Las Colinas
Video credit: Dr. Mark Burhenne
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