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Our Paradise, CA dental team loves to help patients stay health. However, we simply can’t be with you 24/7! Home dental hygiene is important for a healthy smile, but are there other things you could be doing to boost your oral health at home? Today, we would like to share with you six of our best tips for helping to maintain a healthy smile while you are away from our office. If you have any questions about dental hygiene, any of these tips, or how you can achieve a healthier smile, we would be delighted to help you. Give us a call right away at 530-413-7002.
Tip #1: Eat More Fruit And Veggies
One of the most important things you can do for your smile (and for your body in general) is to eat more fruit and vegetables. These foods give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to fight off disease. A stronger, healthier body will be able to better defend itself against things like gum disease. You can also find minerals such as calcium in fruits and vegetables! Calcium is an essential part of maintaining strong teeth and bones, so be sure to get enough! We recommend at least taking a dietary supplement if necessary.
Tip #2: Ditch The Juice And Diet Soda
Most people know that excess sugar is harmful to your teeth … and therefore cut back on sodas. But have you considered what the alternatives are doing to your mouth? If you have switched from regular sodas to fruit juice or diet drinks to protect your teeth, you may want to reconsider. While you might be cutting back on some sugar, fruit juice and diet soda are LOADED with acids that will break down your enamel. This will leave you prone to sensitivity problems as well as decay.
Tip #3: Stop Chewing Ice
Do you have the bad habit of chewing on the ice at the end of your drink? If so, we recommend that you break it quickly. Chewing on ice can lead to unnecessary damage to your teeth. It can actually wear them down or even crack them, resulting in the need for restorative dental work. Stop chewing ice and protect your teeth from unnecessary wear and tear.
Tip #4: Use An Anti-Cavity Mouth Rinse
Are you prone to cavities? For extra protection, use an anti-cavity mouth rinse! Talk to our team about what types of rinses we recommend. This can be beneficial to your smile and help those who are predisposed to develop cavities avoid them. We, of course, recommend maintaining your regular brushing and flossing routine.
Tip #5: Wear A Mouthguard
Do you play contact sports? Wearing a mouthguard can help you prevent injury during play. If you have ever seen a sports injury to the mouth, you know it can be very damaging to your smile. Save yourself the pain, time, and money and protect yourself! Mouthguards are also great for protecting teeth from damage if you grind or clench your teeth habitually (bruxism).
Tip #6: Play Outside
Did you know that vitamin D is essential for maintaining a healthy smile? It is! While some foods are fortified with vitamin D, the only place you can get it naturally is from the sun! Get outside an play too boost vitamin D intake. Don’t forget to protect yourself from burns!
How To Book An Appointment
Do you have questions about any of these tips? Would you like to schedule a dental checkup? Great! The team at the office of Robert D. Moores, DDS, would be delighted to help you. Simply give us a call at 530-413-7002 or use our online contact form to book an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain the healthy smile you deserve.
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