Working and taking classes from home has become the norm for many American families these days. Sometimes that can be a bore, especially when we go weeks without seeing anyone outside our families. Other times it can be a blessing. It’s super-casual Friday every day, so go ahead and wear comfy pants and that favorite sweatshirt all the time! And the commute to work couldn’t be easier. Walk from the bedroom to the den, and you’re done!
Another blessing that comes with working from home is that you have greater control over what you eat and drink throughout the day, and you’re never far from the bathroom for a quick brush or floss after meals. Your friendly Overland Park dentist hopes that everyone is taking advantage of the opportunity to take good care of their teeth at home. Here are some handy tips you can use every day:
Your Basic Dental Care Recommendations:
- • Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.
- • Floss once a day to get the places between your teeth that brushing alone can’t reach.
- • Replace your toothbrush (or the head on your electric toothbrush) every three to four months. If you don’t already use a Sonicare electric toothbrush, consider upgrading to one.
- • Fluoridated mouth rinse may be good for patients who are at increased risk of tooth decay or gum disease.
What Else Can You Do?
The above suggestions go for anyone, no matter where you are, whether you’re working from home or at the office. They are the bare minimum that we all need to do every day to help keep our teeth and gums healthy. But there are a lot of other things we can all do, especially around the house, that will help.
For example, one of the best ways to take care of your teeth and your overall health is to watch what you eat. That doesn’t just mean counting calories; it means eating a healthy diet that’s low in sugars and high in nutritious foods. Don’t snack unnecessarily between meals. And if you’re going to indulge in a stain-causing beverage such as red wine or coffee, drink through a straw.
While you’re eating right, don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is not only good for your overall health; it reduces your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
We all know that bad habits such as smoking, vaping, or other tobacco use are bad for our health. Those aren’t the only bad habits that can harm your smile, though. It’s also a good idea to avoid chewing on non-edible items such as the end of your pen or your fingernails. And if you’re stressed, be careful that you’re not grinding your teeth.
At Watts Family Dental, we’re answering phones during regular business hours, so don’t hesitate to call your Overland Park dentist with any questions or in the event of an emergency. Call Watts Family Dental at (913) 338-3384 today; we’re always happy to hear from you!