healthy teeth and gums

Making Oral Care Part of Your Self Care Routine

When you have healthy teeth and gums, you’ll always smile brighter! At Mettler and Griego Family Dentistry in Glendale, we believe that taking care of your teeth and gums is one of the best forms of self-care. Practicing daily self-care by brushing, flossing, drinking water, and relieving stress keeps your mouth healthy and happy.

Best Self-Care Practices for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Form Good Daily Habits

Making oral care part of your morning and evening self-care routine helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Consistent brushing and flossing is the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. At Mettler and Griego Family Dentistry, we recommend brushing and using a Waterpik or water flosser twice a day. Water flossers remove toxins from between your teeth and below the gumline, and they’re also gentle and easy to use.

Stay Hydrated

Did you know that when you drink water, you’re also taking care of your teeth? Tooth-friendly snacks like apples and celery can help keep your mouth hydrated too. A hydrated mouth is a healthy mouth! Drinking water washes away food debris and harmful bacteria, fights dry mouth, and helps prevent acid attacks. Drinking water that contains trace minerals and fluoride also helps to restore and strengthen your tooth enamel. 

Relieve Stress

Whether it’s soaking in the bathtub, getting a massage, meditating, or enjoying a tasty treat, engaging in self-care helps to relieve stress. High stress levels affect many aspects of your health, including your oral health. Stress weakens your immune system and makes you vulnerable to the bacteria that cause plaque. It can also cause teeth grinding or trigger bad habits like smoking. Relieving stress will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Schedule Regular Checkups 

A professional dental cleaning is like a spa day for your teeth! Regular checkups help detect problems before they start and professional cleanings get rid of plaque in all the places that regular brushing and flossing can’t reach. At Mettler and Griego Family Dentistry we specialize in providing a stress-free dentist visit. We offer many non-invasive treatments, including diode laser therapy for gum health and air-abrasion for superficial cavities.

Contact Us

It’s easy to maintain healthy teeth and gums when you make oral care part of your self-care routine. If it’s time for your next cleaning and exam, schedule an appointment at Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry in Glendale. Our friendly dentists Dr. Timothy Mettler, Dr. Victoria Griego, and Dr. Andrew Mikhail are committed to providing the highest level of dental care. Call 623-404-8279 or email frontoffice@mettlergriego.com today!

 

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