Your Dentist in St. Peter Reveals The Secret to a Healthy Mouth

Oct 13, 2016

There’s never been a more important time to take care of your oral health. With studies emerging that link periodontal (gum) disease with other serious health concerns like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, we now understand the connection oral health has to overall health and well being. Besides regular visits to your dentist, did you know that there are a number of things you can do at home to help maintain a healthy mouth? Dr. Jennifer Miller, your premiere dentist in St. Peter reveals the secret to a healthy mouth.

Switch to an Electric Toothbrush

The cornerstone of your home care routine is brushing your teeth. Did you know however, that how you brush is just as important as how often you brush? Why not let an electric toothbrush do the hard work for you? It will also time you to make sure that you’re completing the recommended 2 minutes of brushing. Hygienists report that patients who use an electric toothbrush have less plaque buildup in between their dental cleaning than patients who brush manually. An electric toothbrush is a small investment to make in your oral health.

Use an Antibacterial Mouth Rinse

Adding an antibacterial mouth rinse to your home care routine is quick and easy, and gives you added protection against the bacteria and plaque that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Talk with your dentist before adding a rinse to determine which one is right for your needs because unfortunately, they’re not all created equal.

Don’t Forget to Floss

You here this again and again, but it’s so important! Flossing your teeth removes plaque and food debris from in between your teeth. Believe it or not, you can actually get cavities in between your teeth. Flossing also helps to promote strong healthy gums, protecting the foundation for your teeth.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

This is another one you hear often because it’s good for our health, however did you know that eating fruits and vegetables is also good for your oral health? They actually neutralize that acids that cause tooth decay, while also increasing saliva flow to wash away bacteria and food debris. Eating fruits and veggies is good for your oral health and your overall health.

At Valley View Dental, our goal is to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime. For over a decade Dr. Miller has been providing high quality care to patients in St. Peter, MN. We look forward to being your partners in optimum oral health and we encourage you to be proactive and call us today to schedule your next appointment.

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