Here at Lake Villa Dental, we see patients come in all the time wondering how they could have a cavity or why their teeth look a little more yellow than usual. Unfortunately, taking care of your teeth is a daily job, and forgetting to floss or only brushing once a day might seem harmless, but doing this regularly can cause serious damage to teeth. The adult teeth that start to come in when we are kids are the only teeth we’ll have, making it extra important to take good care of them. Thankfully, though, taking good care of your teeth is pretty easy, you just have to be willing to put in the time to do so. In today’s blog, we are going to look at three things you can do every day to keep your teeth healthy. We’ll touch on this more below, but don’t forget that regular dental checkups and cleanings are also incredibly important to oral health and are a great way for your dentist to check for early signs of serious health problems. Keep reading to learn more about daily healthy teeth habits, or get in touch with your Lake Villa dentists today to schedule an appointment!

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Brush Your Teeth For Two Minutes, Twice A Day: If you have children, you have likely told them to brush their teeth for two minutes. Perhaps they sing a little song to themselves while they brush or they use a timer to make sure they hit that two-minute mark. While we teach our children to brush for two minutes, most adults do not follow that advice, with the average adult brushing for 45-70 seconds per day.

There are a lot of tips and tricks you can use to make sure you are brushing for long enough to actually make a difference. For example, if you watch the morning news while getting ready, brush your teeth for an entire commercial break. Or, if you like to read before bed, bring your book into the bathroom with you and read a couple pages while you brush.

Floss Every Day: We don’t mean “floss in the car right before you head to the dentist’s’ office so you can tell us you flossed,” we mean truly floss your teeth every single day. Your toothbrush can only clean the fronts, backs, and tops of your teeth, leaving a whole bunch of tooth surface (about 40 percent, actually) that is never touched by the brush. If you don’t floss, those surfaces do not get clean. Flossing can dislodge food that might otherwise decay between your teeth, causing bad breath. It can also keep your gums healthy, reducing the risk of gum disease and a slew of related health problems.

Drink Lots Of Water And Limit Sugary Drinks: Water isn’t only good for your body, it is good for your oral health as well. Tap water in America is treated with small amounts of fluoride, a natural cavity-fighting element that helps to reduce the occurrence of tooth decay, but that’s not the only thing water does for your teeth. It also helps to wash away sugar and leftover food from your mouth. Our mouths are full of bacteria that love to eat sugar. When that happens, the bacteria produce acid that can wear away enamel, making it easier for cavities to form. Staying hydrated also helps keep your saliva levels up, which is your body’s natural defense against cavities as saliva not only washes away bad bacteria and sugars, but it also deposits calcium and other teeth-healthy elements.

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One of the best things you can do for your teeth is to make sure you have a dentist look at them every six months. If it’s been a while since your last dental appointment, be sure to schedule one today with your Lake Villa dentists!