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Improving Oral Health Habits at Home

July 20, 2016
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Posted By: Mary O. Flynn, DDS
A Family Smiling Together | Edina Dentist

We all know we should visit the dentist twice each year for annual cleanings and examinations. It’s also important to brush twice a day and floss once each day. But what else can we do at home to improve our oral health habits? Let’s take a look at a few of the things you can do at home to help ensure your mouth stays healthy for years to come.

Make Brushing a Fun, Family Affair

From a young age, make sure your children see you brushing and flossing to take care of your smile. Once they are old enough, encourage them to brush and floss by making it a rewarding experience. Get them excited about caring for their smiles by asking to see their teeth—and showing excitement after each time they brush. If you are enthusiastic about oral health, they will be too!

Encourage Healthy Food and Beverage Choices

Teaching your children that brushing their teeth is important is essential, but it’s also important to show them how making healthy food and drink choices can impact oral health. Avoiding sugary foods and beverages is important, as is drinking plenty of water.

Eating fiber-rich foods such as apples, carrots, and cucumbers is another important aspect of good oral care. These types of foods actually massage the gums and they help clean the teeth during the chewing process. They also help to increase the production of saliva in the mouth. This neutralizes acids in the mouth.

Eating plenty of calcium in the form of cheese and yogurt, and drinking milk, help children grow strong teeth and bones. Calcium-rich foods are an important part of anyone’s diet.

Nuts are also rich in calcium as well as magnesium and phosphate, which are important nutrients for good dental health. Snack on nuts such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, and walnuts.

See Your Dentist Regularly

Even if you are taking great care of your teeth at home, it’s still important to stay up-to-date on twice-yearly visits to the dentist. Give us a call today if you are looking for family dentistry in Edina!

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