June is National Oral Health Month! What better time to discuss your dental health? If you don’t prioritize the health of your smile, it doesn’t just impact your teeth and gums. It can affect your whole body. If the bacteria from your mouth gets into your bloodstream, it can increase your risk for serious health issues. That’s why today, we’re sharing easy ways to improve your oral health:

  1. Brush for the right length of time.

The ADA recommends you brush your teeth for at least two minutes long. Although this may not sound very long, very few people actually brush their teeth for this length of time. So, get a timer out next time to ensure you hit the two-minute mark. Or, consider playing your favorite song while you brush your teeth!

  1. Floss before you brush your teeth.

Flossing is an important part of your oral care routine. You must floss at least once a day to eliminate the food particles and bacteria between your teeth. Timing is significant when it comes to this routine. Make sure you floss before you brush your teeth. That way, when it’s time to brush, you can clean away the bacteria you picked up!

  1. Use fluoride-based toothpaste.

Fluoride helps protect your teeth from cavities and keeps them healthy. Make sure you use toothpaste made with fluoride. Plus, when you visit us for a checkup, we can apply a fluoride treatment that gives your teeth an extra layer of protection.

  1. Protect your teeth from damage.

Your teeth do a lot for you! And you don’t want to put them at greater risk for damage or injury. So, if you play sports or grind your teeth, make sure you wear a mouthguard. We offer customized mouthguards that can protect your smile, far better than if you bought one from the store. Make sure to ask us about them at your next appointment!

  1. Visit us every six months for a checkup.

Seeing us for a dental cleaning and exam will keep your smile healthy. We recommend that you visit us every six months for a checkup. This will help us stay on top of what happens to your smile between visits. Treatments are easier when caught in the early stages, too!

Looking for more personalized tips to improve your oral health? Call Strong Roots Dental today at 551-244-6422 for an appointment in Jersey City and 201-992-8600 to visit our Hoboken office. You can also request an appointment online.