Every six months, you need to see your dentist for a checkup and cleaning. However, keeping a healthy smile also means taking care of your teeth and gums at home. How do you improve your oral health from home? What steps can you take to keep your smile bright and healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions About Improving Oral Health from Home?

Question: How should I brush my teeth?

Answer: You should make time to brush your teeth twice a day, once in the morning when you wake up and again before going to bed. Each session should take no less than two minutes. You can time yourself or even purchase apps to make sure you’re brushing long enough. We recommend a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damaging your enamel. Electric or manual are both great options!

Question: Do I need to floss every day?

Answer: Yes! You can use tape, a floss pick, or water flosser, as long as you’re taking steps to clean between your teeth and remove the bits of food that a toothbrush’s bristles cannot reach. You should floss each night before going to bed to help reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Question: Does it matter what I eat?

Answer: Yes! When you snack on foods high in sugar and other starches, as well as sugary or acidic drinks (like soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks) you increase the risk of cavities forming. Instead, drink more water and make sure your diet contains more fresh fruit and vegetables and fewer sugary snacks. You not only help your waistline, but your smile as well! If you have any questions about promoting a healthy smile from home, then contact our team today.

Do You Need to See a Dentist?

We can help you maintain a healthy smile for year to come! Our Dallas, TX office welcomes patients from North Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts District, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and nearby cities. Our Richardson, TX office welcomes patients from North Dallas, Plano, Garland, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).