North River Dental Care

How to Improve Your Oral Health

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To achieve and maintain a beautiful and healthy smile, you need good oral health habits and a consistent daily oral hygiene routine. In this post, we share some simple ways to improve your oral health and dental hygiene routine.

1. Use Proper Brushing Technique

Some patients brush their teeth by sawing their toothbrush back and forth over their teeth. This can cause enamel damage and gum irritation. Instead, gently brush your teeth using tiny circles, spending 30 seconds in each quarter of the mouth. Be sure to brush every surface of your teeth, back and front. Do you dread brushing your teeth? Invest in an electric toothbrush, which takes much of the "work" out of brushing.

2. Brush with a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

Toothbrushes with medium or firm bristles can be too abrasive for your teeth and may actually wear down your enamel over time. Use a soft-bristled brush for an effective and safe brushing experience!

3. Don’t Forget to Floss

Food and plaque can get stuck in between your teeth and under the gumline where brushing can't reach. Flossing every day helps prevent gum inflammation and tooth decay. There are also many tools to make flossing easier, like floss picks and water flossers.

4. Eat a Balanced Diet

Consume a balanced diet high in vitamins, minerals, lean protein, and fiber to keep your teeth strong. Limit foods and drinks that are high in acid and sugar. Acid damages enamel and sugar feeds bacteria, which irritate gums and cause tooth decay and bad breath. Whenever possible, drink water instead of sugary beverages.

5. Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year

Every smile is different. When you visit a dentist regularly, they can provide you with personalized recommendations for your smile and identify dental disease early.

North River Dental Care offers comprehensive dental care in Fredericksburg, VA. Do you need to improve your bite, enhance the appearance of your smile, or replace a missing tooth? We can help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our friendly team.


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