Tips For Good Oral Hygiene

el paso oral hygieneWe want you to enjoy strong and healthy smiles, so your teeth can shine and you can avoid issues like tooth decay and gum disease. One way to keep these concerns at bay is with good oral health habits. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists talk about how you can enjoy strong and healthy teeth and gums.

Brushing and Flossing

First, you need to take time to brush and floss your teeth every day without exception. Otherwise, the particles left behind by our foods and drinks will be broken down by bacteria, which creates higher levels of oral acidity and coats the teeth in plaque, the first step in the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush your teeth for two minutes when you wake up, and then again before going to bed. Be sure you use a fluoride toothpaste when you do, which helps strengthen the outer enamel.

Flossing is essential for all ages too! When you floss, you clean between your teeth or remove what a toothbrush alone cannot reach. The process includes running the floss tape up and down each side of every tooth, and dipping beneath the gum line too. This is essential for fighting gingivitis and gum disease, and also helps ensure fresher breath too.

A Healthy Diet

What we eat has a major impact on the health of our teeth and gums. We should cut back on sugar and starch, as these ingredients are worn down by bacteria and could lead to plaque and tartar buildup that inflames the gums and weakens tooth enamel, leaving smiles vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. Instead, try to add items high in Vitamin C and D to your diet, to strengthen your teeth and gums. Drink plenty of water, as this helps rinse away food particles and contains no acids or sugars. A healthy diet can offer more energy, and improve the health of your heart and your smile!

Checkups and Cleanings

You should also see our team for a checkup and cleaning every six months too! With a checkup, our team can examine your smile and address possible problems in the early stages. With a cleaning, we remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth to protect the health of your smile. These visits are recommended for kids and adults alike, so be sure to see us soon! If you have any questions about improving your oral health, then please contact our team today.


Our team wants to help you maintain a strong and beautiful smile. Please contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at (915) 849-9000 so we can help you enjoy good oral health.