Good dental hygiene can save you from ending up in an emergency room
(NC) Good dental hygiene might not be an obvious priority during the pandemic, but that could quickly change if a painful cavity develops and in-person visits are no longer available.
Understanding that this isn’t the most normal of times, it’s important to control the things we can right now, and that includes a good daily oral hygiene home routine. Below are a few ways to help keep your smile healthy:
Create an easy routine
Brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing regularly are easy ways to keep your teeth in good shape. Ensure you clean between your teeth by rinsing with a non-alcohol-based mouthwash to help reduce plaque buildup and keep breath fresh. Finally, rinsing your mouth with water after eating can help keep your mouth clean.
Update your oral products
With the ever-growing array of oral-care products on the market today, consider trying a new brush or toothpaste, but be sure to look for those that have been scientifically and clinically tested. Tom’s of Maine Luminous White toothpaste, for example, is a vegan formula made of fluoride, mineral- and plant-derived ingredients that fights cavities and whitens your teeth in two weeks by removing surface stains.
Be mindful of your diet
Did you know your diet can have a huge impact on your oral health? When combined with the bacteria in your mouth, carbohydrates can produce an acid that attacks your teeth, increasing your risk for cavities. Make water your beverage of choice, limit foods that are high in sugar or carbohydrates and try to opt for healthy snacks like fruits, crunchy vegetables, and nuts.