Today I’ll be sharing simple tips to help you stay on top of your oral health and overall health too.

Your oral health and overall health are more connected than you may realize, this includes both your physical and mental health. It’s time to start incorporating small but impactful daily habits to take control of your overall health!

First, master your at-home oral hygiene routine.

A healthy mouth starts at home. Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for two minutes, and floss once daily. Use an alcohol-free mouth rinse. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles are frayed. And wait 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth, as acid on the teeth softens the enamel and brushing may cause enamel loss.

Second, keep up with your routine dental check-ups.

Regular preventive dental care can help catch and prevent issues before they become more serious and costly to treat. They can also help detect signs of medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease, just to name a few.

Next, make sure to follow your dentist care recommendations.

If you show signs of gum disease or have a chronic medical condition known to increase your risk for gum disease, your dentist may recommend additional treatment and home care strategies. It’s important to find a trusted dentist in your network, and to follow their recommended treatment plan.

Additionally, don’t dismiss a crooked smile.

Crooked and crowded teeth don’t just affect the way your smile looks, but they can also impact the way you feel, physically and emotionally. If needed, getting the right orthodontic care can help improve your mouth and bite function. Also, according to recent study, it also impacts self-esteem. In fact most people say they feel more confident when their oral health is excellent.

Next, make sure to eat a healthy diet.

What you eat and drink not only affects your overall health, but can also affect the health of your mouth. The bacteria in plaque feed on sugar and starches found in your food, and forms an acid that attacks your tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. A few things you can do are choosing smart snacks that are low in sugar, drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary or acidic beverages like soda and sports drinks, limit alcohol consumption and don’t use tobacco or vaping products of any kind.

Last of all, but equally as important, do everything in your control to maintain a healthy mind.

Your emotional well-being can affect your oral health, too. Mental health issues can lead to unhealthy coping habits like smoking, teeth grinding, clenching, poor oral health habits and more. Positive coping habits to manage stress and anxiety include exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, meditating, taking breaks from the news and social media, making time for activities you enjoy and connecting with others.

There are so many ways you can take control of your oral and overall health, but hopefully these tips are a helpful starting point! Small daily habits build up over time and you’ll never regret feeling good!

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