By Wilmington Dental Associates
December 15, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care  

Celebrate Self-Awareness Month by promoting preventive oral care in your life.
 

This September is Self-Awareness Month, so there’s never been a better time to get to know yourself a bit better. This month is meant to put a spotlight on you and who you are. It’s also important to consider what aspects of your life you would like to improve and strengthen. For many, health is a major part of living a fulfilling life. If you’ve been putting your health on the backburner, September is a wonderful time to consider your health, particularly your smile. Your Wilmington family dentist wants you to take time throughout this month to promote preventive dental care in your life. Here are some things to improve upon this month (and from here on out):
 

Brush for Life

The most important part of preventive care is to brush your teeth each and every day. Ideally, it would be great if all our patients would brush their teeth after every meal; however, twice a day is a good rule of thumb.

When shopping for oral care, opt for toothpastes that are approved by the American Dental Association, as this means they promote healthy, disease-free smiles when used as directed.

Is it time to throw out your old toothbrush? If you have to ask, then most likely it’s time. Everyone should be replacing their toothbrush or brush heads about three or four times a year. When the bristles begin to fray it’s time to toss that toothbrush and get yourself a new one.
 

Opt for Floss

Your Wilmington family dentist highly recommends flossing each day to promote healthy teeth and gums. Flossing will get in those tight spaces between teeth to help remove bacteria and plaque. Take your time when flossing and be gentle, as the gums are delicate and prone to lacerations if you’re too rough.
 

Biannual Dental Cleanings

We all know you have a busy schedule; however, you must find time to make your health a priority. This means scheduling your six-month dental cleaning and exams. These exams allow your Wilmington dentist to identify problems and treat them right away before they become serious issues. We can also provide you with more helpful hints for properly caring for your smile.
 

Clean Eating

Opt for these foods to promote a healthy smile:

- Milk and other calcium-fortified products (cheese)

- Crisp fruits and veggies like celery and apples

- Leafy greens, which contain folic acid
 

Also, avoid acidic foods and drinks, sugary snacks, starchy foods and even alcohol, which can produce stains. What you put in your body will affect your smile, so choose wisely.
 

The best thing you can do for your smile is practice preventive care. Whether you have a question, concern, or it’s time to schedule an appointment, call our office anytime. Kick off Self-Awareness Month the right way!

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