Your morning dental checklist

Establishing a proper dental morning routine is a crucial step in maintaining a healthy smile. That’s why we put together a few simple tips for making the most of your oral health each morning! 

Stay hydrated 

As soon as you wake up, begin your morning dental routine by drinking a glass of water. Hydration not only refreshes your body but also helps wash away bacteria and residue that accumulated in your mouth overnight. It also encourages saliva production, which is essential for combating harmful bacteria and maintaining a healthy pH balance in your mouth. 

Brush and floss those teeth 

Spend at least two minutes brushing all surfaces of your teeth, using gentle circular motions. Don’t forget to floss your teeth and brush your tongue, as well! Flossing once a day is important as it removes leftover food particles and prevents plaque build-up.  

Be mindful of breakfast choices 

Avoid brushing your teeth directly before drinking and eating, as tooth enamel will be susceptible to damage. Wait a few minutes between eating breakfast and brushing your teeth to protect your teeth. When choosing what to eat, opt for tooth-friendly options like yogurt, fresh fruits, whole grains and eggs. Avoid sugary and acidic foods, as they can erode tooth enamel and lead to cavities over time. 

Schedule regular dental appointments 

Even if you maintain an excellent dental morning routine, professional cleanings are essential to remove plaque and tartar that can’t be removed by brushing and flossing alone. Regular dental visits also allow your dentist to detect any potential issues early, preventing them from becoming more significant problems. 

To schedule your next dental visit with Jackson Dental, call (573) 243-5200 or stop by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo.