We’re two days away from World Oral Health Day, so our team at Van Buskirk & Krischke, DDS, LLC wants to help you celebrate!
Our mission is to be your partner in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. That’s why we’re devoting today’s blog to healthy smile tips you can put into practice for the sake of your best oral health!
After you’ve checked them out, make sure you remember to call our Crown Point, IN dental office to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam!
Tips To Keep Your Smile Healthy!
If it were easy to completely devote yourself to living a healthy lifestyle, then everyone would be healthy, right?
But that’s not how habits work at all!
It takes a lot of effort, hard work, and dedication to make healthy decisions. In fact, research from the last few years tell us that it can take as long as 66 days to form a habit.
That can seem like an eternity when you think about taking a walk versus taking a nap, grabbing an apple over a chocolate chip cookie, or staying up for one for episode of your favorite series on Netflix rather than going to bed early.
These choices aren’t easy at first, but making small changes and celebrating each victory will give you the momentum you need to turn these behaviors into healthy smile habits!
*Healthy Smile Tip – Practice Good Oral Hygiene*
Everyone knows about the value of daily brushing, but you may not be aware of best oral hygiene practices recommended by the American Dental Association.
According to the ADA, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes every time. With timer apps and electric toothbrushes, timing this out properly is easier and easier!
Another part of best practices for your teeth and gum health is to flossing at least once each day. This may only take a minute, but it goes a long way in removing those tiny food particles from between your teeth that bacteria rely on as a food source.
*Healthy Smile Tip – Rinse With Water*
Since you probably brush your teeth in the morning and at night, make sure to keep your teeth clean throughout the day between these cleanings.
You can do this by swishing water around in your mouth after that mid-morning snack or afternoon lunch break.
Saliva does this for you all day long, but rinsing with water will be an added help to that process!
*Healthy Smile Tip – Evaluate Your Nutrition*
What you eat and drink has a direct impact on your teeth and gums. That’s why you should be fueling your body with nutritious foods that will strengthen and protect your smile.
There are two things to keep in mind when weighing your dietary options.
The first is saliva. This is your body’s natural defense against tooth decay because it coats your teeth, shields your enamel from erosion, fights bacteria, and washes away food particles.
Keep your smile healthy by drinking plenty of water and snacking on crunchy fruits, veggies, and nuts, which scrub your teeth clean and encourage stable saliva production.
*Healthy Smile Tip – Choose The Right Dentist*
Because of the strong connection between oral and overall health, the dentist you choose should be on the cutting edge of technology and treatment.
Along with quality of care, you also want a dentist office that puts your comfort first. After all, how can you be expected to routinely visit a dental office where you’re rushed through appointments, you don’t feel heard or well-cared for, and you don’t feel comfortable?
At Van Buskirk & Krischke, DDS, you’re treated like part of the family!
We do all we can to create a warm, welcoming environment in our Crown Point, IN dental office so you feel relaxed, comfortable, and valued.
Here, you’re always greeting by our caring staff and offered complimentary Starbucks coffee to enjoy while you wait for your appointment.
Beyond that, we’re dedicated to providing you with elite dental care. We have the tools and the experience to detect oral health problems that threaten your smile and treat those problems effectively.
Schedule An Appointment!
Brushing and flossing your teeth everyday, at least by now, is second nature to you. And that’s a wonderful thing!
But there’s so much more to keeping your smile healthy than just daily oral hygiene. Studies are showing more and more the connection between your oral health and the rest of your body.
So World Oral Health Day is the perfect time to remind ourselves about the importance of good lifestyle decisions overall to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Drs. Van Buskirk and Krischke are here to support you, not just to preserve your oral health but to give you the beautiful smile you deserve!
Visit us soon for a dental check-up! Call the office of Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, LLC at 219-641-3422. You can also contact us online to request an appointment.