There’s never been a more important time to take charge of your oral health than now! With new information emerging about how periodontal health and your overall health and well being are linked, taking good care of your teeth and mouth is critical. While your routine cleaning and checkup appointments are your first line of defense against oral health issues, did you know there are also many things you can do at home too? Dr. Chris Devlin, your State College dentist, offers tips on caring for your teeth between dental visits.
Switch to an Electric Toothbrush
Did you know that your brushing technique actually impacts how much plaque you’re able to remove from your teeth? Many patients have switched to an electric toothbrush because it does the hard work for you. It also times your session to ensure you’re getting the full two minutes of recommended brushing in. Our hygienists report that they see less plaque buildup in between visits in our patients who are using electric brushes. It’s a small investment to make in optimum oral health.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Many people think flossing is a nuisance, however it’s so important! Not only does it remove plaque from in between your teeth, it also helps strengthen your gum tissue, which protects against periodontal disease. It doesn’t really add much more time to your home care routine to incorporate proper flossing at least once per day, so don’t forget to floss!
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Eating fruits and veggies good for our overall health, but did you know that it benefits your oral health as well? This is because fruits and veggies actually neutralize the acids in your mouth that cause cavities. They also increase saliva flow, which washes away food debris and bacteria. When it’s time for a snack, be sure to reach for your fruits and vegetables.
Add an Antibacterial Mouth Rinse to Your Home Care
Adding an antibacterial mouth rinse to your home care routine takes hardly any extra time and it gives you added protection against the acids and bacteria in your mouth that cause tooth decay. As an additional bonus, you’ll also have fresh breath!
Be sure to talk to Dr. Devlin about which product is right for you because unfortunately they’re not all beneficial.
Contact Our Office
Dr. Devlin, your dentist in State College, and his team are here to be your partners in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health. We hope these tips have been helpful and we encourage you to call us and schedule your next dental appointment today.