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You probably know the basics: Brush at least twice a day, floss, avoid sugary snacks, and so on. But did you know the following that can improve your overall dental health? Here are 5 dental health tips you might not have heard before.
1. Get more vitamin D and calcium.
Start your day with vitamin D and calcium. Both help keep teeth and gums strong. Choose your breakfast foods wisely, and you can get a substantial amount of vitamin D. Foods fortified with vitamin D are orange juice, and soy milk. And also, cheese, egg yolks, and fatty fish, such as tuna, mackerel, & salmon. Check the labels to see how much vitamin D you’re getting.
Foods that are high in calcium include spinach, kale, collards, soybeans, and white beans.
2. Give your tongue some attention.
Plaque and bacteria can gather on, around, and under your tongue too. Clean the surface of your tongue daily, either with your toothbrush or with a tongue cleaner. This will also help prevent bad breath!
3. Get a new angle on things.
When brushing your teeth, the position of the bristles matters. The head should be at a 45-degree angle near the gum line, and again when you go to clean the inside surfaces of your teeth.
4. Suit up those teeth.
Sports are good for our bodies, but they also provide opportunities for bangs, bumps, and crashes. In fact, most school teams now require children to wear mouth guards to safeguard teeth, especially for rougher sports. So it’s not a bad idea to have one yourself, for any sort of recreational activities. This is true even if it’s not a team sport – skateboarding, rock climbing, or even just hitting a ball against a wall can all present a threat to your teeth.
5. Make fluoride earn its keep.
You should already be using a toothpaste with fluoride. But you might not be receiving its benefits if you rinse with mouthwash right after you brush. Mouthwash can rinse away fluoride before it has a chance to work, so wait 15 minutes or let the fluoride get to work on your enamel.
Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!
Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family.
Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!