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Busy Schedule? Maintain Oral Health with These Quick Tips

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There never seems to be enough time in the day, does there?

If you’re someone who snoozes until the last second, rushes to get ready for work, and barely finds time to rest in the evening amid running errands and watching the Jackrabbits play, taking time for your oral healthy may seem unrealistic.

Life’s busy, but you can still stay on top of your oral health. Consider implementing these habits into your packed schedule.

Drink More Water

It seems obvious, but it’s so important that it’s worth saying.

It’s tempting to reach for soda, juice, or sports drinks, but choosing water instead is a simple way to love on your teeth.

Unlike the alternatives, water doesn’t increase your risk or tooth decay, enamel erosion, or gum disease. Plus, it’s beneficial for your overall health.

If you really need some carbonation during the day, choose sparkling water over soda. While it is harder on your enamel than regular water, it’s still a better choice than sugary drinks.

Plan Your Snacking

If you know you’re going to snack throughout the day, especially as you’re on the go, be proactive and plan for the week ahead.

Each time you reach for a sugary snack, you’re exposing your enamel to acid-producing sugars that damage your enamel. This is how you get cavities. 

It’s easy to choose bad snacks when you haven’t planned ahead. Instead, prep for your week by stocking up on fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other sugarless snacks that you can grab as you’re running out the door.

Your teeth and your overall health will thank you!

Choose Sugar-Free Gum

Chewing gum causes your mouth to create more saliva, which is your mouth’s natural defense against acid. Especially if you are prone to snacking throughout the day, chewing gum may be a good habit to pick up.

Just make sure that you select sugar-free gum, for the same reasons mentioned above!

Reduce or Quit Smoking

Smoking of all types is bad for your oral health.

Specifically, cigarette smokers will develop yellow teeth, gum disease, and maybe even mouth cancer.

Plus, your life is already busy enough, and smoking cuts down on work productivity. Think about all the minutes you’ve spent outside in the South Dakota cold taking smoke breaks. You could have spent that time getting ahead on work, running an errand, spending time with your kids, flossing, or even relaxing.

Visit Your Orthodontist and Dentist

Regular check-ups are vital to your oral health.

Don’t dismiss your biannual dentist office reminders; you need to maintain your regular appointments so that your dentist can address early signs of cavities or other problems.

It’s also important to stay on track with your orthodontist visits, during treatment and after, if necessary. Even before braces, it’s beneficial for children to come in for observation visits.

We know that it’s easy to let these appointments slip by when life is chaotic. But remember, it will take less time to be proactive now than to treat a larger oral health problem down the road.

If you have any concerns about your oral health, don’t hesitant to contact us. And remember, your first consultation visit at Meyer Orthodontics in Brookings is free.