Your oral health is an important indicator for your overall health. When you take care of your teeth and prevent tooth decay, you’ll enjoy a better smile and prevent adverse health outcomes, like inflammation and periodontal disease. It can be easier than you think to improve your overall health, starting today. Here are five simple ways that you can improve your oral health. 

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Floss More

Many people tell their dentist that they floss far more than they actually do in order to get positive feedback about how they take care of their teeth. However, people who regularly floss have better oral health with less tooth decay and plaque between their teeth. Your dentist can see by looking at your teeth whether you floss regularly or not. Flossing more is an easy and affordable way to improve your oral health.

Eat Healthier

In some ways, your teeth are representative of your overall health status. By eating a healthy diet that’s rich in leafy greens, vegetables, and fewer refined carbs, you’ll have a healthier mouth. This includes avoiding acidic foods and drinks that may erode tooth enamel.

Drink Tap Water

Drinking more water instead of sugary sodas and juices is a great way to improve your oral health. However, don’t try to just drink more bottled water. Tap water is fluoridated and provides additional protection for your teeth. 

Change Your Toothbrush Every 3 Months

Your toothbrush can harbor bacteria. Dentists recommend that you replace your toothbrush at least every three months to have a clean and effective toothbrush. If you come down with a cold or a virus, you may want to go ahead and replace your toothbrush more frequently to avoid reinfecting yourself. There are also products available that can disinfect and clean your toothbrush instead of throwing it out for a new one, though you’ll still want to replace your toothbrush periodically.

Schedule Regular Dentist Appointments

One of the best things that you can do for your oral health is to go to the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. At a regular checkup, your dentist can find small dental issues earlier before they turn into larger problems. This can mean the difference between a simple dental filling and a more invasive root canal. Plus, professional cleanings are more thorough than what you can accomplish with a toothbrush. 

Taking care of your teeth doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. It can mean drinking more tap water or incorporating more flossing into your dental care routine. Having a good level of oral health helps you be healthier overall.

At Family Dental Care of Bellevue, we are committed to providing quality dental care to our patients and their families. We are proud to have been voted one of the best dental offices in Washington State. If you are ready to take the first steps toward improving your dental health, we invite you to call 425-643-5778 today to make an appointment for your initial consultation.

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