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The new year is a time of new beginnings. It’s a time to make changes to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. One thing that some people forget about during this time is their oral hygiene, which can have a negative impact on both your health and appearance! Let’s discuss five healthy oral hygiene tips you can use throughout the year to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and further health problems down the road.

Flossing

Is it time to revisit your flossing routine? If you’re in the habit of skipping flossing, it’s time to rethink and consider the fact that A toothbrush is only able to reach 60% of your teeth’s surface. Flossing is beneficial because it removes plaque and bacteria that build up under your gum line.

Your Toothbrush

It may be time to consider investing in a new toothbrush. While it’s easy to find ourselves in the habit of using the same toothbrush for years or picking up the cheapest choice from the local drug store, an electric toothbrush is often considered to be the best option.

An electric toothbrush can remove more plaque than a manual brush and is more effective in preventing gum damage and cavities than a manual toothbrush.

Brush Your Tongue

While most people remember the essential importance of brushing their teeth, few consider brushing their tongue. There are millions of living bacteria on the tongue that can cause bad breath and even tooth decay. Therefore, this new year make it a point to brush your tongue.

Diet

Foods loaded with sugars such as chocolate, candy, and soda can cause tooth decay. While eliminating these foods can be difficult for those with a sweet tooth, there are healthy replacements such as sugar-free or all organic candies that can still satisfy a craving.

Consider food texture, such as gummies, which can stick to teeth and cause cavities, over crunchy fruits and vegetables, which are great for oral health.

Mouthwash

Mouthwash is a great tool when it comes to maintaining good oral hygiene as it helps to kill harmful bacteria and germs in the mouth. Mouthwash also helps you get rid of unwanted breath and prevents gum disease when incorporated into a daily routine.

Contact Us Today

Dr. Firouzi is dedicated to providing excellent cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry services to his patients in the Pittsburgh area. His team provides a wide variety of services such as teeth whitening, gum recontouring, veneers, smile makeovers, and more.  To learn more about Dr. Firouzi and his practice, contact us today at (412)274- 1126 or fill out our online appointment request form.

 

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