You brush your teeth twice each day, and you also floss regularly. So that’s enough to maintain your oral health – right? You’re off to a good start, but there are even more steps you can take to improve your oral health at home. Optimum oral health requires a partnership between you and your dentist in Cupertino and here are some tips on how you can take care of your teeth and mouth at home.
Invest in the Right Tools
Take your brushing to the next level with an electric toothbrush! Not only does it do the hard work of brushing for you, “smart” brushes also have the technology to alert you when your brushing pressure is too hard, and when your recommended two minutes is completed.
Our hygienist reports less plaque buildup in between visits with patients who use an electric brush as opposed to just brushing manually.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and veggies are great for your body and also your oral health! This is because they neutralize the acids in your mouth that cause tooth decay. They also increase saliva flow, which helps to wash away excess food particles and debris in your mouth. If you need an afternoon snack, remember to reach for fruits or vegetables.
Limit Sugary or Acidic Drinks
Beverages that are high in sugar or acid cause enamel erosion and tooth decay. The major culprits to be aware of are:
- Sports or energy drinks
- Soda or cola
- Citrus juice like orange juice
- Coffee or red wine
Drink water as much as you can during the day, and use it to rinse after consuming these types of beverages if you choose to drink them.
Wear a Mouth Guard
Patients who participate in sports should wear the correct gear to protect their teeth and mouth from injury. Did you know that 40% of dental emergencies are sports related?
Patients who clench or grind their teeth at night, or suffer from bruxism can also benefit from wearing a night guard while they sleep. This protects your teeth from the wear and other damage that bruxism causes.
Combine these tips with regular visits to your dentist every six months, and you’ll have great success in maintaining your oral health!
About the Author
Your team at Alpine Dental Care provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of families in Cupertino, CA. Dr. Dong Shen builds relationships with her patients by taking the time to listen to their concerns and goals for their teeth. This gives her the ability to make the best recommendations for their specific needs.
If you would like to contact Dr. Shen, she can be reached by calling 408-996-8611, or through her website.