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Are you doing all that you can to maintain great oral health? In addition to great home hygiene and regular visits to the dental office, there are a few things you could be doing to improve your smile that you may not have thought about. Today, we would like to share five ways that you can improve your dental health at home (aside from good hygiene habits). Feel free to contact your friends at Pioneer Dental Group if you have any questions. Our Oregon City, OR dental team would be happy to assist you.

Way #1: Wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth.

If you play sports or grind your teeth at night, a mouthguard would benefit your oral health! Accidents happen all of the time … a guard will help prevent teeth from being broken or knocked out during play. A night guard is also beneficial for people with bruxism … grinding your teeth can cause damage that can’t be undone (only restored with dental work). Ask our office about protecting your smile with a mouthguard!

Way #2: Drink less fruit juice.

Did you know that fruit juice is made of mostly sugar and acid? Because it is incredibly processed, most of the actual vitamins and nutrients have been removed. Because of this, fruit juice really is not a health food! While we all know that sodas and other sugary snacks are not beneficial to great oral health, we sometimes do not realize that fruit juice should fall into the same category. If you would like to reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease, limiting fruit juice in your diet or getting rid of it altogether would be very helpful! It is also a great way to reduce the chances of staining your teeth … eliminating dark colored juices like grape juice from your diet can help you maintain a bright, beautiful smile!

Way #3: Make sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D.

Are you eating a well balanced diet and getting enough sunlight? If you are having oral health issues, it may be because you are lacking in either calcium or vitamin D (or both!). These substances are essential for helping you maintain strong, healthy teeth. Try eating more calcium-rich foods and spending more time outdoors if you think your intake is low. Or, alternately, consider taking a dietary supplement.

Way #4: Avoid chewing on ice.

Did you know that chewing on ice could damage your teeth? Many people do this out of habit … chewing on ice from your drink can keep your mouth busy while you focus on other things. However, it can really be detrimental to your oral health. Because ice is so hard, chewing it can wear down your teeth or even break weak ones. To protect your teeth and reduce your risk for needing restorative dental work later, avoid chewing ice at all costs!

Way #5: Use an anti-cavity rinse.

Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is a given for most people who want great oral health. But have you considered adding an anti cavity mouth rinse to your daily dental hygiene routine? An anti cavity rinse can offer you the extra protection you need to prevent tooth decay! Ask our team if you would like recommendations on what kind of rinse to try. We would be delighted to help you.

How To Book An Appointment

Are you due for a checkup? Do you have a problem you would like to get checked out? Do you simply have some questions about your oral health? Our Oregon City, OR dental team would be happy to help you. Give us a call at 503-338-4691 or send us a message using our online contact form.

Don’t let bad habits get the better of you. Try adjusting your life in these easy ways to better maintain the healthy smile you want and deserve!