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Why Now is the Best Time to Take Control of Your Oral Health

March 30, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — greeleydentist @ 8:02 pm

Man smiling while using brushing tips from dentist in GreeleyWith the outbreak of COVID-19, you’ve probably found yourself with a lot more time at home. While sitting around, watching TV, eating snacks, and catching up on your favorite shows is the easy thing to do, changing the way that you care for your smile could be a silver lining that comes out of all of this strangeness. In fact, what better time to brush up on your dental hygiene than now? Keep reading to learn some pro at-home oral healthcare tips from your dentist in Greeley!

The Best Brushing

If you brush your teeth twice a day, you’re already on your way toward a healthy routine. However, you should be sure that you’re brushing for 2 minutes each session, angling your brush at 45 degrees on the gumline for the most thorough cleaning. Electric brushes can often help those who struggle to thoroughly brush, and most of them have built in timers to help make sure that you’re brushing for 2 minutes.

Floss Like a Champ

Another important part of your oral health routine is flossing your teeth. Floss once a day to remove food debris and lingering bacteria that get caught in between teeth. If you have dexterity issues, or if you simply don’t like flossing, pre-strung floss picks are a great option. These are easy to use, disposable, and they will successfully remove harmful bacteria from your smile.

Add Mouthwash to the Routine

For a finishing touch to add on top of your brushing and flossing, you can use a nonalcoholic mouthwash. Rinsing your mouth at least once a day can reach areas that couldn’t be cleaned otherwise. If you’re in doubt of which mouthwash to pick, choose one that bears the American Dental Association’s seal of approval. Just be sure that it doesn’t contain alcohol because it will decrease your flow of saliva, which raises your risk of oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease.

Drink More Water

With this newfound time at home, you can also work on your hydration. This is not only good for your body, but it will help wash away plaque and bacteria from food. Plus, most tap water contains fluoride, which is a natural cavity-fighting mineral that can help protect your teeth.

Watch Out for Sugary Foods

Lastly, it’s important to watch out for sugary snacks, especially those that stick to your teeth. When sugar interacts with the bacteria in your mouth, it creates acids that eat away at your enamel and gums. Sticky or hard candies are the worst because they stay in contact with your smile for long periods of time so it’s best to avoid them altogether.

The quarantine can be stressful, but you can find a positive! Remember these tips from your family dentist in Greeley to keep your smile as healthy as possible.

About the Practice

At Greeley Complete Dentistry, Dr. Cure and Dr. Smith work together to treat patients of all ages with a wide range of services. While they are currently closed for day-to-day operations, they are ready to help with your dental emergencies. For any questions, they can be reached through their website or by phone at (970) 356-7474.

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