National Dental Hygiene Month

Tips from Think’s Dental Team

A healthy, beautiful smile is what we all crave. Did you know it affects your body’s overall health, too?

Taking care of your teeth is a preventative form of self-care that avoids infections and the buildup of plaque. Good oral health and general health operate in tandem – and the health of your mouth relays your body’s overall health. Treat your gums and teeth to great nutrients and regular check-ups, and your body will benefit, too.

Here are the ways to help you achieve this goal:

 

  • Eat a balanced diet.
    • A balanced diet is nutrient-rich: veggies, fruits, lean proteins, nuts, and whole grain.
    • Great nutrients for healthy gums and teeth are found in:
      • Dairy, salmon and other fish, almonds, soy and tofu, and dark veggies (calcium);
      • Eggs, fish, dairy, nuts and beans (phosphorus);
      • And citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, potatoes, and spinach (vitamin C).
      • Drink plenty of water, too!

 

  • Brush 2x a day, and use a fluoridated mouthwash and floss daily.
    • Brush two times a day for two minutes each time. Replace your brush every three months, too. Remember these two tips, and brush in small circles – it’s less about the brush, rather the quality in which YOU brush.
    • If you find flossing difficult, try water flossers, which flush water between your teeth, or interdental bushes – brushes with thin bristles that can get those hard-to-reach places. Plus, interdental brushes are great for those who have problems with mobility.
    • You can find brushes, toothpaste, fluoridated mouthwash and floss at the ThinkShop!

 

  • The American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits at intervals determined by your dentist to maintain optimal oral health. Regular dental visits help to protect your oral health and general well-being. Here’s was to expect:
    • X-rays to diagnose decay or gum disease
    • Periodontal screening
    • Oral cancer screening
    • Dental cleaning
    • Assess your need for fluoride
    • Demonstrate proper cleaning techniques for your teeth

 

  • Think Dental cares about you and your oral health! Healthy mouth, healthy body!