Welcome to Wellness Wednesday at the Henry J. Austin Health Center! Did you know that poor oral health can lead to health complications like heart or respiratory problems? Today, we’re talking about taking care of your teeth, and we’ve got four easy tips to help you keep your smile healthy and bright.
1. Brush and Floss Your Teeth:
First things first, brush your teeth twice a day – in the morning and before bed. Use toothpaste and brush for about two minutes. Brush up and down and in small circles, making sure to get every part of your teeth, even your tongue.
Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when the bristles become frayed. An old toothbrush won’t clean your teeth effectively.
Don’t forget to floss at least once a day to clean between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. You can use regular floss or a floss pick if it’s easier. The Dollar Store is a great stop for inexpensive floss picks, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.
2. Watch What You Eat and Drink:
Be careful about what you eat and what you sip on. Sugary snacks and drinks, like candy and soda, can be troublemakers for your teeth. They feed the bad bacteria in your mouth and might lead to cavities. It’s better to only enjoy them once in a while.
Instead, snack on crunchy foods like apples and carrots – they can help keep your teeth clean. Also, dairy products like yogurt and cheese are good for your teeth because they have calcium, which makes them strong.
Remember to drink lots of water, too. Water helps wash away leftover food, keeping your mouth fresh and healthy.
3. Visit the Dentist:
Going to the dentist is like having a superhero for your teeth! Dentists can find and fix problems early, so they don’t turn into big issues. They can also clean your teeth really well.
Make sure to visit the dentist regularly, and they’ll give you tips on how to take care of your teeth even better. To make an appointment with the Henry J Austin Dental Team, go to www.henryjaustin.org/services or call 609-278-5900.
4. Make Smart Choices about Smoking and Alcohol:
Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs, it’s bad for your teeth too. It can make your teeth yellow and cause gum problems. So, it’s a good idea to avoid smoking.
If you drink alcohol, it is in your best interest to limit your consumption. Too much alcohol can make your mouth dry and hurt your teeth. So, just enjoy it in moderation.
Keeping your teeth healthy is simple. Remember to brush and floss, choose your snacks and drinks wisely, visit the dentist, and make good choices about smoking and drinking. Your smile will thank you, and you’ll be on your way to a happy, healthy mouth! Need support on your journey to a bright smile? Connect with the Henry J. Austin Dental Team at www.henryjaustin.org/services or call 609-278-5900.