Best Practices For A Healthy Smile

Best Practices For A Healthy Smile

Good oral hygiene practices include brushing your teeth twice every day, flossing your teeth at least once a day, and visiting the dentist for regular checkups.

Brushing and flossing

It is also important to practice good oral hygiene at home. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. By committing to this routine, you can prevent many common dental problems.

When brushing your teeth, be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride. And remember to brush for at least two minutes each time you brush your teeth, making sure you reach all surfaces of your mouth. Use floss to remove food and plaque between your teeth at least once a day, preferably at night before bed. Don’t forget to clean gently along the gum line as well. Avoid using too much force or harsh movements when brushing. This will help to prevent damage to your gum tissue. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, it could mean that you are too hard on your teeth. Try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle motions instead.

Using mouth rinses

Mouthwashes can help reduce plaque and gingivitis when used properly. They kill oral bacteria that build up on teeth from food particles and tobacco. However, they should not be used as a substitute for brushing or flossing.

Eating a balanced diet

While brushing and flossing at home can help maintain good oral health, you should also watch what you eat by taking in foods that help promote healthy teeth. Water helps dilute the acids that attack enamel and lead to tooth decay, while calcium strengthens the tooth’s outer layers. Dairy products, including milk and cheese, are high in calcium and vitamin D, which aids in preventing gum disease. Crunchy fruits and vegetables like carrots, apples, cucumbers, and celery are also helpful in keeping gums healthy and strong due to the amount of chewing required to eat them.

You can also eat foods that promote saliva production to wash away food particles and bacteria in between meals. Examples of such foods are oranges, pineapples, melons, and papaya. Finally, limiting sugary food and drink intake prevents plaque from forming on the teeth. 

Regular dental visits

You should also schedule regular checkups with your dentist. During these visits, your teeth, gums, and mouth will be examined for any underlying issues. The earlier these problems are addressed, the less likely they are to develop into more serious problems. For example, if your dentist discovers a small cavity during a checkup, it can be treated before it becomes a larger problem that requires more extreme measures to correct. Some problems, such as oral cancers, can be life-threatening if not treated early. Early detection and treatment are key to preventing serious complications. Routine exams can also help to lower your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, the most common dental problems. During your visit, you will receive a professional cleaning that will help eliminate plaque buildup and prevent cavities. This can help improve the appearance of your smile while also preventing more serious complications like tooth loss. 

If it’s been a while since your last dental visit, contact our office at 623-552-4665 to schedule an appointment today.

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