Find out if your everyday habits are benefiting or hurting your smile.
Does your smile seem a little lackluster lately? Are you worried that perhaps your hygiene isn’t good enough to protect against decay and other dental issues? If so, then you may be looking to revamp your routine and improve your habits to better your smile. Our Midtown Manhattan, NY, dentist, Dr. Brandon Huang, is always happy to help those who want to improve their oral health. Here are just some habits to adopt (or maintain) if you want a healthy smile.
Brush and Floss Regularly
These are the most obvious habits to adopt every day to keep your teeth clean and yet people don’t often take time to consider whether or not they are doing a good enough job. Make sure that you are brushing at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes. Also, remember to swap out your toothbrush head every three to four months (or when the bristles begin to splay out) to make sure you are getting the best clean from your teeth. Floss your teeth once a day, preferably before bedtime.
Stay Away from Tobacco
By now, it should go without saying that tobacco consumption can lead to a lot of serious health issues. Tobacco not only increases your chances of decay and gum disease but also oral cancer. If you are a smoker who wants to improve their oral health, quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your smile for the long term.
Consume Smile-Friendly Foods
Everyone needs certain nutrients in order to maintain a strong, healthy smile. Remember, it isn’t just about your teeth. It’s also about the health of your gums and jawbone. Calcium is a nutrient that everyone needs to keep teeth and bones strong, and it’s pretty easy to incorporate more milk, yogurt or other dairy into your diet to make sure you are getting the calcium you need. Also, enjoy a diet rich in leafy greens, lean proteins and whole grains while avoiding sugary, processed foods.
Drink in Moderation
While a glass or two of wine every once in a while isn’t a problem, it’s good to keep in mind that heavy alcohol consumption can increase your chances of oral cancer. Just like with everything in life, moderation is key when it comes to the amount of alcohol you enjoy safely. Trust us; your smile will thank you for laying off that third cocktail.
Don’t Forget About your Midtown Manhattan Dentist
Even if you are doing everything you can to maintain good dental hygiene, this doesn’t mean that you get to skip out on visiting your Manhattan general dentist at least once a year. While every six months is a good rule of thumb when it comes to coming in for your dental cleaning, find out if it’s important that you come in more regularly (which might be the case if you have gum disease or other dental issue) or if you can get away with only coming in once a year.
Do you have questions about caring for your smile? If so, New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan, NY, has the answers. Turn to us for everything from routine care to cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Call us today!