How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Did you know that your mouth says a lot about you? Your overall oral health has a shocking and substantial impact on how other people perceive you. The health of your mouth will lead to assumptions about your overall health and social life, to opinions about your success in romantic relationships and even your career.

So in short, people judge you based on the health of your mouth.

LISTERINE(R) Brand conducted a nation-wide survey with GFK, a leading marketing insights research firm, to reveal striking data that illustrates the social implications of poor oral health and oral disease. The conclusion is that poor oral health can impact ALL areas of your life! That’s why it’s so important to me as a mom that I teach my children to recognize and understand the repercussions of their oral care routine.

Simply brushing isn't enough to keep your mouth healthy. Find out how to keep your mouth healthy in these 5 easy steps. They're easier than you might think.

  • More than 6 in 10 assume that people with oral health issues have other health issues (66%).
  • More than 8 in 10 Americans feel oral health issues are embarrassing (85%), and more than 9 in 10 say that they feel better overall when their mouth feels clean (93%).
  • 3 in 4 Americans say the state of their mouth determines how they look and feel (77%), nearly as much as their weight (78%).

I’ll be honest and admit that my first impression of someone isn’t very good if I can easily see that their mouth is in need of attention. I guess, to me, I figure if you don’t have two to five minutes a day to care for your teeth, what other things are you neglecting.

As a mother, I’m proactive about making sure my children know how to properly care for their teeth and what the consequences are of shortcuts. I’ve been ingraining it into every fiber of their being since their first tooth erupted through the gum. We go for our checkups twice a year and we brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash faithfully.

Simply brushing isn't enough to keep your mouth healthy. Find out how to keep your mouth healthy in these 5 easy steps. They're easier than you might think.

I know that when I wake up in the morning, the first thing I want to do is brush my teeth and wash my face. Without doing either of those things, I don’t feel my best.

Simply brushing isn't enough to keep your mouth healthy. Find out how to keep your mouth healthy in these 5 easy steps. They're easier than you might think.

How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Visit the dentist: It’s so important that you visit the dentist for a cleaning twice a year. By doing so you can quickly catch problems before they become even bigger.

Limit soda and sugar: Ideally none is better, but lets be realistic. An occasional soda is okay as long as you are taking appropriate actions to keep your mouth healthy. The acid in the soda makes the enamel on your teeth softer making them more likely to get a cavity.

Choose the right toothbrush: Unlike many believe, soft bristles are actually better for your teeth and gums. Hard bristles can damage your gums and cause more bad than good. Your toothbrush should last two to three months with proper use, so make sure you’re switching it out when necessary.

Brush correctly: In addition to brushing at least twice a day, it’s important to know proper technique. My dentist told me that the best way to brush your teeth is to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and move gently in a circular motion. Hold on to the toothbrush like a pencil so you won’t be tempted to brush too hard.

Brushing isn’t the end: After brushing, make sure you floss and rinse with mouthwash. Brushing alone can’t get those food particles stuck between your teeth. If left unattended, it could cause big problems down the road. Mouthwash compliments brushing and depending on the kind you purchase, can help to whiten teeth, prevent cavities, and freshen breath.

Simply brushing isn't enough to keep your mouth healthy. Find out how to keep your mouth healthy in these 5 easy steps. They're easier than you might think.

What’s the difference between a healthy mouth and unhealthy mouth? Click here to find out. LISTERINE makes it easy to find a oral care regime that works for you.

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How do YOU keep your mouth healthy?

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31 thoughts on “How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy”

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    It’s so incredibly important to take good care of our teeth & gums! No one wants to deal with anyone who has bad breath.

  2. Daisy says:

    I fall into that 3/4 that think that your teeth are a big part of your looks. It’s so important to use good brand products and take care of your smile!

  3. Michelle F. says:

    These are some great tips. I love using the Listerine brand to keep my mouth healthy.

  4. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    I try to do everything I can to keep my teeth looking good. They’re the first thing people notice about you.

  5. Melissa Pezza says:

    It’s so important to take care of your mouth. It’s not just your teeth. You need healthy gums, too. Listerine can help keep the bacteria in check and keep your mouth healthy.

  6. LydiaF says:

    I have a little brush that I use to stimulate my gums. It feels so good after brushing and flossing to finish up with a little massage.

  7. Liz Mays says:

    I tend to brush three times a day and floss twice. I can’t stand not being clean!

  8. Cat Davis says:

    I’m a stickler when it comes to oral care with my kids. I don’t want them to ever go through the pain of fillings, extractions and all the horrors that come with dental treatments.

  9. Shell says:

    I make sure to use LISTERINE in addition to brushing my teeth. I used a medium bristle brush up until a few years ago and it really made a difference to switch to a soft one.

  10. Liz Mays says:

    Listerine is definitely important to the routine. It makes me feel so fresh.

  11. Marcie W. says:

    I don’t think a lot of people realize just how much oral health affects their general health. Taking care of our bodies is so important for so many reasons.

  12. Pam says:

    Dental hygiene is super important. We always keep Listerine around our house. It is the only brand of mouthwash my kids will use.

  13. Kecia says:

    I brush and floss, but I admit that I don’t rinse like I should. Seeing this infographic really made me think about the impression I’m making. Heading to get Listerine tomorrow!

  14. Kristi says:

    Some great suggestions! We use Listerine here and my favorite part is that they now offer a few different flavors so we can each find one we like!

  15. Virginia says:

    Great tips! I love Listerine! Dental hygiene is so important!

  16. Donna says:

    I have been using Listerine products for years. They are such great products for oral health.

  17. Alicia says:

    I love Listerine products. It always leaves my mouth fresh and clean every night.

  18. Jamie H says:

    I’m a fan of Listerine! In fact, we just switched my girls’ mouthwash over from a different brand to kid’s Listerine and they like it better!

  19. Ora Lee Gurr says:

    I agree with you about brushing, rinsing and flossing first thing in the morning. I like Listerine because it works so well with dental hygiene.

  20. Debra says:

    My brother is a dentist and he is very careful to make sure I take care of my kids teeth!

  21. Chasing Joy says:

    I have used listerine mouth wash since I was a kid. Never tried their floss though.

  22. Michele says:

    Interesting statistics-very interesting indeed. Listerine has always been a part of my life!

  23. Allison says:

    We love Listerine products in our home – they are the best! My son’s newest thing is to try to sneak not brushing his teeth and just use their mouth wash, drives me crazy!

  24. Toni | BoulderLocavore says:

    We literally just started using Listerine again as of last week. Thank you for validating our choice!

  25. These are excellent tips! We love Listerine products–and use them daily!

  26. Debbie Denny says:

    Very goood info. I always feel better when my mouth is clean and fresh.

  27. Christie says:

    I brush and floss regularly but I often forget about rinsing. Great reminders for oral health care!

  28. Samantha Pierce says:

    I just started getting really serious about mouth care. Great reminders!

  29. Rachelle says:

    We love using listerine products! Oral health is SO important!

  30. maria s. says:

    I brush, floss and use mouthwash. I have also started oil pulling. I love Listerine products and have used them for years!

  31. Shannon Gurnee says:

    I love the LISTERINE brand! It’s amazing how much cleaner your mouth feels after using it.

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