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While some people think it’s ok to skip a trip to the family dentist, oral health care is important! The number one thing you can do to have a healthy smile is to schedule an appointment with a dentist, like BeaverBrooke Dental in Sandy, every six months. If you’re wondering what you can do on your own, continue reading to learn a few dental tips!

Brush Your Teeth

You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth repeating: brush your teeth every day, twice a day! Brushing removes leftover food particles that bond with saliva and form plaque. These particles also feed the bacteria that naturally live in your mouth, and their digestive acids eat through your tooth enamel, eventually causing tooth decay.

Floss, Floss, Floss!

You know this one too, but many of the people who come into our office admit that it’s hard for them to floss regularly! Flossing is just as important as brushing, and if you have a hard time flossing, try using a water pick. If you let plaque build up in those hard-to-reach areas between teeth, you could end up having to deal with tooth decay or even gum disease.

Stay Hydrated 

Not only is staying hydrated good for your overall health, but it’s also an important part of oral health as well! Keeping your body hydrated allows your mouth to produce enough saliva to keep everything clean in there. Salvia naturally washes out the mouth, removing oral bacteria and food particles.

Take Care Of Your Toothbrush

While your toothbrush doesn’t need any special cleaning, make sure that you rinse it well and there’s no leftover toothpaste or food particles caught in the bristles. You should store it upright and keep it exposed to air so that it can dry completely between each use. Also, make sure that you replace your toothbrush when it’s time to do so, as brushing with an old toothbrush is less effective than a new one.

Don’t Forget About Your Tongue

It’s called brushing your teeth, but you should also make sure you brush your tongue! Bacteria love to hang out on your tongue, and it’s important to brush them off. More so, brushing your tongue will help keep away bad breath. It’s an all-around win, but something people often forget about.

Earth Tooth-Healthy Food

Try to stay away from food that causes plaque build-up, like candy, and instead snack on fruits, cheese and crackers, or chew sugar-free gum. Swap sugary drinks for water, and brush your teeth directly after drinking coffee or red wine.

BeaverBrooke Dental – Sandy Family Dentist

Keep your smile healthy and bright with regular visits to BeaverBrooke Dental, your Sandy family dentist. Contact us today!