8 Ways to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

The rules of the road. They may be hard to follow sometimes but they will help ensure you have a healthy smile for years to come.

Ellis Dental and the importance of water

Ellis Dental and the importance of water

As good oral health is a key factor in keeping the rest of your body healthy, it's important to keep your mouth healthy. Each week during September's “Healthy Aging Month,” Ellis Dental is sharing new perspectives and ways to allow you to show off your smile for many years to come. You can also learn more on our Services page to see how we can help you keep that smile beautiful and health

8 Ways to Keep Your Mouth Healthy:

  • Go for the water  — soda, cola, pop ... whatever you may call it, that fizzy flavored drink is not good for your teeth. Some of the key ingredients in soda eat away at the enamel on your teeth, making them more prone to cavities. 

  • Cut out sugar — the latest news is the sugar industry buying off researchers to “sugar coat” the dangers of sugar, something dentists have known for years. Sugar can cause plaque to form by increasing bacteria and acidity in your mouth.

  • Cut out the tobacco — you already know smoking is bad for your health in many ways. It's also bad for your teeth, so is chewing tobacco. They can both lead to oral cancer (and many other problems). So go ahead and toss that pack out already. 

  • Brushing — brushing your teeth, gums and tongue properly twice daily for two minutes at a time is a key step to a healthy mouth

  • Fluoride — using a small, pea-sized dab of fluoride when brushing can help strengthen your tooth enamel.  

  • Flossing — despite recent reports that you don't need to floss as often, flossing is crucial for keeping your gums and mouth healthy and preventing other diseases.

  • Check ups — visiting your dentist should be at the top of your list. Regular check ups (twice a year) can help you catch early signs of problems and cost you less money in the long run. 

  • Take a test — this test should not take the place of visiting your dentist, but it's a good start on checking to see if your mouth is healthy or not. 

If you missed it, here are last week's 10 signs your mouth may not be healthy

Any changes in your mouth should be monitored, and if anything lasts for more than one week, it's advised to contact a dentist for the next available appointment. Brushing for two minutes, twice daily and flossing regularly is an important way to help keep your mouth healthy. Regular visits to the dentist is the best way to ensure a healthy mouth and smile. 


About Ellis Dental

Founded in 2009 by Dr. Holly Ellis, Ellis Dental is a state-of-the-art dental practice dedicated to providing more than 1,900 patients with comprehensive dental care that not only focuses on attaining their optimal oral health, but also incorporates their overall well being. Ellis Dental serves patients of all ages, customizing all dental care to each individual patients’ needs. Ellis Dental is committed to using only the highest quality dental materials, operating best-in-class equipment and incorporating leading-edge techniques into every patient’s visit to ensure the best possible outcomes. The practice is located at 10296 Big Bend Boulevard, 63122. More information is available at: ellisdental.com and Facebook