When you keep your teeth healthy, you can keep your teeth and smile healthy

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you, so don’t you want to make a good first impression? Every person gets only one set of teeth, so it’s important to take care of them. Below are five tips that will help keep your smile healthy for a lifetime that focuses on reducing bad bacteria and plaque that pose the risk for losing your teeth.


  1. REPLACE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH: Buy a new toothbrush at least once every three months. (That’s 4 times per year.) Because a person’s toothbrush comes into contact with all the oral bacteria in one’s mouth, keeping a toothbrush for too long can be a factor that leads to bad breath or other oral health issues. Also, if a toothbrush becomes frayed, it will not be able to clean teeth as easily.
  2. BRUSH YOUR TONGUE: It’s not just teeth that matter when it comes to tooth brushing. Bacteria can build up on a person’s tongue, which can cause bad breath. This also means the rest of your mouth’s cleanliness will suffer.
  3. BRUSH IN CIRCULAR MOTIONS: This technique will get more plaque and unwanted germs off the teeth. Also, hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and brush along the gum-line.
  4. INVEST IN SOME DENTAL FLOSS: When people forget to floss, small food particles will remain between teeth, which can cause cavities to develop. This is a common problem that dentists address, and it can be easily solved by flossing just one time a day. (Of course, flossing twice would be even better.)
  5. VISIT YOUR DENTIST: Make an appointment to get your teeth cleaned at least twice a year. Also, don’t neglect regular dental check-ups that will detect problems early on.

If you are interested in dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.