5 Ways to Keep Your Mouth Healthy Between Dental Visits

5 Ways to Keep Your Mouth Healthy Between Dental Visits

Keeping your mouth healthy between dental visits keeps your smile shining and your overall health in good shape. When you take care of yourself and look great, this can help boost your confidence, as well. 

Caring for your mouth also means that you will need fewer dental treatments over time. Instead, you’ll just need simple checkups and regular dental cleanings.

Here are 5 ways to keep your mouth healthy between your dental appointments. 

1. Brush Your Teeth 

Let’s start with the most obvious way to keep your mouth healthy. Brushing your teeth is such an important part of your oral healthcare. 

Brush your teeth at least twice a day, usually just before you go to bed at night, and in the morning. When it’s part of your everyday life, it becomes a healthy habit. Before brushing your teeth, wait an hour after drinking or eating to prevent the enamel from being brushed away. 

You should also regularly change your toothbrush. We recommend every 2-3 months, or as soon as your toothbrush has become worn out. 

2. Floss Your Teeth 

Make flossing a part of your brushing routine. Use floss or an interdental brush at least once a day to clean in between your teeth and remove any unwanted particles. 

Flossing also prevents plaque buildup between the teeth. Too much plaque can lead to cavities. Flossing your teeth will help you prevent gum disease, too. 

3. Use Mouthwash 

Mouthwash is another great way to keep your mouth healthy between dental visits, and many patients use mouthwash right after they’ve brushed their teeth. However, mouthwash can actually rinse away any fluoride from your toothpaste, so it’s best to wait a short while before rinsing with mouthwash. 

4. Stop Smoking 

If you’re a smoker, here’s your sign to quit smoking. Smoking can lead to bad oral health, as it increases the chance of gum disease, tooth loss, and tooth staining. It can even cause more serious health conditions, like mouth cancer. 

5. Eat a Varied Diet 

Eating a diverse range of foods is an important way to keep your mouth healthy. To prevent gum disease, it’s essential to eat foods that are abundant in vitamins and minerals, like fruit and vegetables. 

For patients with a sweet tooth, it’s best to eat sugary food and drinks with your meals, rather than snacking, to limit the amount of time your teeth are in contact with foods that can affect your teeth. 

Find Out More

To find out more about how to keep your mouth healthy in between your dental visits get in touch with Kozlow and Rowell. We’re happy to explain how we can help keep your smile healthy and bright.