Wondering if there are extra steps you should be taking to protect your smile? You’re not alone. Many people want to do all they can to prevent cavities and other dental issues, yet they’re not sure how to really go about it. If you are curious, even hopeful, that there are a few simple steps you could take to better protect your teeth and gums, you are in luck. There actually are several simple habits you can form, to help better protect your smile!

Drink More Water

Making sure you drink plenty of water is a very simple way to help protect the smile from acidic decay. This is because water helps to gently rinse food particles and bacteria from the surface of teeth, in between brushings. Perhaps more importantly, though, it also helps to create saliva, which is a natural defense against plaque buildup. That is because saliva can help to limit plaque bacteria’s ability to stick to the surface of the teeth.

Chew On Healthy Foods

Another surprisingly simple way to protect the smile is by chewing on healthy foods, particularly if you are going to be snacking. The longer sugary foods spend on the surface of teeth, the more likely you are to develop dental problems. Therefore it’s best to avoid sweetened snacks, and instead to opt for healthy items. Fresh vegetables and fruit, for instance, are often low in sugar and high in water content, making them especially healthy for the teeth.

Make Sure You Brush and Floss Daily

Even if you regularly brush your teeth, this is not a substitute for routine flossing. That’s because flossing is the best way to remove food particles and bacteria that can lodge in the small crevices between teeth, where toothbrush bristles have a hard time reaching.

Adding flossing to your daily routine can help to reduce the risk of cavity and gum disease, especially if you commit to flossing regularly.

Of course, you should also see the dentist regularly for professional checkups and cleanings. These visits allow the dentist to carefully clean the teeth, often before oral health threats can disrupt your comfort or confidence.

Protect Your Smile with Key Preventive Care

Every smile needs professional cleanings. You can schedule your next preventive visit by calling Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX, today at (214) 827-8000.