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A healthier smile means a healthier you! By exercising these four simple steps you can drastically improve gum health and your overall well-being.  We put together a list of some of the best practices for keeping your smile in optimal shape.

Eat Healthy

When it comes to the health of your teeth, you really are what you eat. Having a healthy diet can not only help you maintain a healthy weight, but it can also improve many other aspects of your life. 

One of the first things to decline when you have a poor diet is your oral health.  Some benefits of eating raw veggies and fruits includes improvement in oral hygiene and can result in a drastic reduction in plaque and tartar buildup between cleanings.  Celery, carrots, leafy greens, apples and sweet potatoes are just some of the many fruits and veggies you can enjoy! 

Remember:  Rinse, Floss and Mouthwash

Mouthwash does a lot more than just make your mouth tingle and smell good.  In fact, it is a crucial part of your daily brushing plan because it kills harmful bacteria that could cause gum disease.  You should be rinsing at least once a day for 30-60 seconds.

The American Dental Association recommends that In addition to daily mouthwash, it’s very important you are using the right equipment and brushing at least twice a day.  Soft bristle brushes and electric toothbrushes are recommended to help combat plaque buildup and tooth decay.

Change Lifestyle Habits

Beverages such as coffee, tea and red wine are all known to cause teeth staining.  Although a dentist or hygienist can help polish off stains on your teeth, it’s important to keep in mind that these drinks can cause internal staining within the enamel of your teeth. 

Depending on your needs, there are a lot of over the counter teeth whitening products.  According to Healthline, “Whitening toothpastes and rinses are good for coffee and tea drinkers. Gel pens are good for touching up small areas, like a tooth that has shifted back and collects more stain. Custom trays and laser whitening provide professional strength whitening and offer the most dramatic results.”  Talk to your local dentist about what the best whitening treatments are for you. 

In addition to teeth whitening and avoiding sugar, it’s also very important to avoid nicotine and tar found in tobacco.  Smoking stains your teeth, harms delicate gum tissue, degrades bone strength and increases your risk of gum disease and tooth loss.  Smokers are also six times more likely to develop oral cancer. If you are a smoker, consult with your dentist a about scheduling regular oral cancer screenings. 

Visit Your Dentist

A great smile starts with you.  This is why it’s so important to maintain healthy habits for you and your family.  Scheduling regular check ups and cleanings, in addition to maintaining a healthy diet and exercise schedule can kickstart your road to having the healthiest and brightest smile!


Schedule an appointment with our office today or call (619) 223-3811 to discuss the best plan to get your smile looking sharp.