Here are 5 helpful tips for maintaining a beautiful smile:
Tip 1: Practice Good Oral Health Habits Every Day
This may seem very obvious but one of the best ways to take care of your teeth is by brushing your teeth twice a day. When you brush your teeth, you rid your mouth of food particles and the bad bacteria that has built up in your mouth since the last time your brushed. Be sure to brush your teeth for a full two minutes to ensure you have thoroughly cleaned every one of your teeth. Flossing is also a vital step in your daily dental health habits. You should floss at least once a day, preferably at night after dinner, in order to dislodge any food particles that are stuck between your teeth. If these particles are not removed from brushing or flossing, bacteria will feed on them and turn them into acids that can wear away tooth enamel and lead to cavities.
Tip 2: Come in for Regular Checkups & Cleanings
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you see your dentist every six months to get your teeth professionally cleaned and examined. This will ensure that your teeth get a deep clean, but it will also help to catch any dental health issues early. Cavities, for example, are often not detectable by people who are not dentists and therefore are usually caught in a dental exam. While daily oral healthcare is still important, a professional cleaning can purge your mouth of things that brushing and flossing alone can’t expel, such as tartar buildup.
Tip 3: Replace Your Toothbrush Frequently
The ADA recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months. This is because when the bristles on your toothbrush grow frayed and worn, they have a harder time at thoroughly cleaning your teeth. Additionally, bacteria and germs can grow on the bristles so it’s important to throw away the toothbrush especially if you’ve been sick recently.
Tip 4: Eat a Healthy Diet
Another great way to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile is to eat a healthy diet. Be sure to stay away from foods like chips and candy that are high in carbohydrates and sugars. Instead, eat foods that are high in vitamins and minerals and fiber such as celery, carrots, and apples. You should also drink a lot of water and avoid sugar-filled drinks such as soda and juice.
Tip 5: Contact Us If You are Having Problems with Your Teeth
If you find that your teeth are aching or that your jaw is clicking, don’t ignore the problem. It’s important to call us to schedule an appointment if you are having problems with your teeth and mouth because we’ll be able to catch any issues before they become severe or dangerous. The sooner we can start treating an issue, the better.
Contact Us for a Visit
If you have any other questions about maintaining a beautiful smile or if it has been more than six months since you’ve come in for a cleaning and checkup, call us today!