My Three Tips for a Healthy Smile

This post has been sponsored by the American Dental Association, however, all thoughts and
opinions are my own.

Oral health is such a big deal to me and our family. I wore braces for five years through elementary school into high school. My mom grew up with poor teeth due to medication my grandmother took during her pregnancy, and so my mom always pleaded with us to take care of our own. I lived with my dentist's family for a few months after high school, and I became a certified dental assistant when I was in college. Needless to say, teeth have basically always been a large part of my life.

Over the last few years, as I've gotten older, I've learned that my teeth need even more care. I've been blessed to never have any cavities, but as I've gotten older I've found it harder to maintain my teeth's natural whiteness, and to have a smile that I feel confident about. I've made a few changes over the last few months in how I care for my teeth that I thought I would share today.

Cleaning between teeth is a must: I used to be one of the many people who never floss. However, I noticed my teeth a few months ago were looking yellow around my gum lines, and that it wasn't being taken care of with brushing alone. I've added cleaning between my teeth into my regimen and was surprised by how much better my teeth looked after doing this on a daily basis. Just because there isn't obvious food between your teeth doesn't mean that there isn't harmful bacteria that needs to come out. The American Dental Association recommends you clean between your teeth daily.

Eating Healthier: I find that when I'm eating wholesome and nutritious foods, especially fruits and vegetables, my teeth physically feel stronger. There is nothing worse than that feeling that all your teeth are weaker after you eat a ton of candy or chocolate. I've found that my teeth look and feel so much better when I'm consuming less artificial and processed sugars.

Scheduling Regular Dental Visits: The last time I actually went to the dentist was when I got my wisdom teeth out in 2012. (If my dentist who took out my wisdom teeth is reading this, I'm sorry!) Derek and I will both be spending our spring break this year in the dental chair getting our first cleanings and x-rays in years, and I'm actually really excited to recommit to doing this on a regular basis. It's funny how we never miss a checkup for our kids, but getting ourselves in the dental chair seems like such a bigger chore.

Your dental care needs are as unique as you are. What works for me may not be the best solution for you. It's best to work with your dentist to create a home oral care routine that is specifically designed and catered to you and your lifestyle. The truth is, better oral care at home leads to better dental visits, and last I checked, no one really wants to have to get a lot of dental work done.

Some additional tips for healthier teeth are to make sure you're always doing the basics. Make sure you are brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth daily, drinking fluoridated water, and avoiding tobacco and oral piercings.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Dental Association.

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