10 Tips for a Healthy Smile

Woman looking in the bathroom mirror and using dental floss to clean her teeth

Keep that smile shining with these ten tips on how to maintain a healthy smile:

1. Probably the most obvious of them all, but brush your teeth!

The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice daily using a soft bristle toothbrush.

2. Floss, floss, floss

This is just as important as brushing your teeth. Floss helps remove debris and plaque that builds up between your teeth.

3. Swish around some mouthwash

Mouthwash has a lot of preventative benefits, such as, controlling plaque buildup, gingivitis, eliminating bad breath and preventing tooth decay.

4. Stay away from sweets & soda.

Sugar causes tooth decay, so it’s a good idea to steer clear of the sweets- or at least limit your intake!

5. Avoid foods & drinks that cause stains on your teeth.

Some common known foods and drinks that may stain your teeth are coffee and red wine (sorry!), as well as soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.

6. Keep up with your dentist visits.

Going to the dentist on a bi-annual basis will help you get ahead of any issues and get a deep cleaning in to keep those pearly whites shining. Pay one low price for your routine annual dental visit including exams, X-Rays, and cleanings with a Patriot Health Dental Savings Plan.†

7. Put down the vape & cigarettes.

Smoking can cause gum disease, which in bad cases can make your teeth fall out.

8. Step up your water consumption.

If you drink water that also contains fluoride you are protecting your teeth from developing cavities. It also washes away any excess food that is left over in your mouth after a meal or snack.

9. Eat fruits & veggies that are crunchy.

These foods contain vitamin C, which also protects your teeth from developing cavities.

10. Try out oil pulling.

Using coconut oil to “oil pull” prevents gingivitis, oral candidiasis, and periodontitis.

Give these 10 tips a try to maintain your brightest smile! You can also contact your dentist to see if they have any recommendations personally for you and save on dental care with a Patriot Health Dental Savings Plan.