You probably brush your teeth every day, but are you doing enough for your oral health? As we age, it becomes even more important to step up our oral care. Aging takes more of a toll on the mouth and doing the right things can make all the difference in having a great dental visit or one that makes you frown.
Why not have more to smile about? Start following these 9 adult oral care tips and turn them into a habit today!
- Make sure you’re brushing correctly
While not brushing at all is obviously bad for your oral health, brushing the wrong way can have almost as much of an impact. Make sure you use gentle circular motions when brushing. Take your time over the course of two minutes to polish them clean and get off the gunk.
- Clean your tongue
Did you know that plaque builds up on your tongue too? You should brush your tongue after you brush your teeth. Use a tongue scraper too to help remove the germs that cause bad breath and gum disease.
- Use the right toothpaste
These days, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to toothpaste varieties. Ask your dentist which one they recommend for your oral situation or look for the ADA symbol before you buy it – and also consider natural tooth oil.
- Floss every day
Are you guilty of not flossing? Flossing gets in between teeth and under the gums to scrape away stuck-on food and build-up. You need to do it to reduce plaque and keep inflammation at bay. Once daily is enough to make a big difference for the better!
- Or try an alternative to flossing
If your teeth are tightly-spaced, you have braces, or you experience arthritis which makes it more difficult to wield floss, try using oral irrigators or dental flossers instead. It makes getting between your teeth even easier for a fantastically fresh clean!
- Choose alcohol-free mouthwash
Seal the deal for extra-fresh breath and full-mouth protection. Whatever you do, avoid any formulations with alcohol in them.
- Be more vigilant about drinking enough water
Water hydrates our bodies deep down into the cells. It truly keeps us healthy from head to toe, but if you start making it a habit to guzzle down a glass of water after every meal, you’ll loosen up debris between brushing.
- Start eating better
Crunch on real apple slices and carrots that help keep smiles strong while kicking sugary foods to the curb. Limit your exposure to acidic foods and you’ll have a beautiful smile even as you age.
- Make a date with your dentist
Don’t be embarrassed if you’ve slacked on your oral health. If you put off your dental visits for fear of being shamed, you’ll only have worse problems to contend with. And should your dentist make you feel bad, find a new dentist!
A good dentist won’t make you feel bad about your oral health and will instead work with you to help you turn it around. With these tips and a good dentist in your corner, you’ll really have something to smile about!
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Jennifer Raskin is a freelance writer, wife and mom that loves cold weather despite her location in Florida, cooking, reading, watching ‘80s movies, weight-lifting, and wine tasting.