Updated: Helping You Get a Smile Friendly Lifestyle

Aug 1, 2023

This post was originally written in February 2017, and updated in August 2023.

At DeJesus Dental Group, we firmly believe that a beautiful smile is a reflection of good health, confidence, and success. To help you achieve and maintain that picture-perfect grin, we’ve gathered some valuable tips for a smile-friendly lifestyle that goes beyond brushing and flossing. Let’s dive in!

Brush and Floss Regularly: The Foundation of Good Oral Health

Keeping your pearly whites in tip-top shape starts with consistent brushing and flossing. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day, for a full two minutes each time, using fluoride toothpaste. Don’t forget to clean all the surfaces of your teeth, including the often-neglected back of your molars and your tongue. Complement your brushing routine with daily flossing, as it helps remove plaque and food particles hiding between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.

A dental flossing tip: purchase a battery operated water flosser, and use it in the shower – this way you don’t mess your sink/mirror, and the power of the water flosser can help get debris that you’ve missed with the traditional floss.

Embrace the Power of Mouthwash

Mouthwash isn’t just for freshening your breath; it also helps to combat harmful bacteria. Opt for an alcohol-free mouthwash that contains fluoride. After brushing and flossing, swish the mouthwash around your mouth for 30 seconds to reach all those hard to reach areas.

Nourish Your Smile with a Healthy Diet

Believe it or not, what you eat plays a vital role in your oral health. Avoid excessive consumption of sugary and acidic foods and drinks, as they can erode your tooth enamel and lead to cavities. Instead, aim for a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day, which helps wash away food particles and keeps your mouth moist.

Bid Farewell to Tobacco and Excessive Alcohol

Your smile deserves the best care possible, so it’s essential to steer clear of harmful habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. These not only harm your overall health but also have detrimental effects on your oral well-being. Smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even oral cancer. Similarly, alcohol can dry out your mouth, increasing the risk of gum disease and oral cancer. By quitting tobacco and moderating alcohol intake, you’ll be taking a giant step towards improving your oral health and overall well-being.

Protect Your Teeth with a Mouthguard

If you’re into sports or tend to grind your teeth at night, investing in a mouthguard can be a game-changer. A custom-made mouthguard designed to fit your teeth can safeguard them from potential damage, preventing chips, fractures, and other injuries. There are simple devices such as NT which is a device that fits over the front top incisors, which prevents them from touching the lower teeth.

Regular Dental Visits: Your Smile’s Best Friend

We can’t stress enough the importance of regular dental checkups and cleanings. By visiting your dentist regularly, you allow them to detect and treat any oral health issues early on, preventing them from escalating into serious problems. Additionally, your dentist can offer personalized guidance on enhancing your oral hygiene routine and making other lifestyle changes that will contribute to a radiant smile.

Maintaining a smile-friendly lifestyle is all about making conscious choices for your oral health. By incorporating these practical tips into your daily routine, you’ll be well on your way to preserving a healthy, captivating smile that lasts a lifetime. Remember, a healthy smile isn’t just about looking good – it’s about feeling good and embracing life’s joys to the fullest. So, let’s start your journey to a more vibrant smile today!

DeJesus Dental Group is a family dental practice which sees patients of all ages at both their Bridgeport/Trumbull and Shelton dental offices.