how good are your hygiene skillsOne thing has remained true throughout the entire history of dental care—prevention is your best chance at retaining your healthy, natural smile. Luckily, much of dentistry’s advancements have been in the art of dental hygiene, which is your daily routine aimed at preventing the processes that cause dental diseases. Today, we help you maximize your preventive power by offering a short checklist of good dental hygiene practices, which we hope you already practice.

ALWAYS Brush and floss your teeth

Sounds simple enough, right? Given the simplicity of a toothbrush and toothpaste, effectively brushing your teeth should be a walk in the park, only much shorter. Yet, it would be safe to assume that, of the over-90% of adults who’ve suffered tooth decay in at least one permanent tooth, a large number of them must have brushed and flossed their teeth every day. The key is to ALWAYS brush and floss your teeth, twice a day or more, and to use toothpaste with fluoride to help strengthen your tooth enamel.

Refrain from too much sugar

As children, most of us are warned about the dangers of candy and sugar consumption, and the warnings are still valid today. Sugar and other fermentable carbohydrates feed oral bacteria that consume them into acid, which depletes your teeth of essential minerals and weakens their protective layer of enamel. The more sugar you eat, the more acid is produced, and the more likely you’ll develop tooth decay shortly after acid erosion renders your enamel useless.

Stay hydrated

Water is more than beneficial to your health; it’s necessary. Your body is half-comprised of water, and as far as your smile is concerned, water is also needed to produce saliva; your mouth’s natural rinse and acid-neutralizer. Drink between 8-10 cups of water a day, or more if the warm summer months cause you to sweat most of your water out.