How long does it take to form a habit? Studies show that it takes an average of two months to develop a habit. In order to maintain healthy teeth, you have to establish an oral care routine and make a habit out of it. It’s not enough to know that brushing and flossing are important what matters is that you actually do it as advised by your Dentist South Florida. Here are a few of the many healthy habits you need to develop in order to achieve healthy teeth.
Oral care involves brushing and flossing your teeth every single day. Brushing should be done at least twice a day for approximately two minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush and an FDA approved fluoride-based toothpaste. Flossing should also be done daily at least once. It doesn’t matter what toothbrush you choose whether it’s electric or manual what matters is that the bristles are in good shape. The toothbrush should be replaced every three months or when you notice that the bristles have already frayed. Ask your dentist about the proper ways to brush and floss your teeth for maximum efficacy.
A balanced diet isn’t just good for your body, your teeth can greatly benefit from it as well. Remember when your dentist warned you about steering clear from sugary and starchy foods? The reason is that these foods contain high amounts of bacteria that produce acid in your mouth and these acids are responsible for causing cavities and tooth decay. They also encourage plaque buildup, which can lead to decay and gum disease.
These are just some of the many healthy habits to keep your mouth in great shape. Talk to your dentist to learn more. At TLC Dental & Orthodontics, we are committed to enhancing the quality of life while restoring self-assurance, rebuilding confident smiles, and encouraging both dental and medical wellness. Call us today for an appointment or visit our website to learn more about our services.