Our teeth are important to support daily life, but we may take them for granted assuming they will always be there to support our ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence. There are four important steps needed to help you maintain great oral health … none are difficult, but require diligence and a little effort. Your dentist can educate you on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy for your lifetime.
Visit Your Dentist Every Six Months
Regular visits accomplish a couple of things … plaque that has formed since your previous visit is removed. Plaque builds on teeth leading to the potential for dental decay and gum disease. You can’t remove plaque by brushing once it has hardened on your teeth; your dental provider will remove plaque and polish teeth to look their best. A dental exam will identify any problems before they have a chance to escalate possibly preventing the need for time consuming dental work.
Brush Every Day
In order to be effective, it is important to use the proper brushing tools and technique. A soft bristle toothbrush is recommended along with a fluoridated toothpaste. Brush the front, top, and back of all teeth employing a circular motion. It is not necessary to scrub teeth to clean them; an incorrect method of brushing can damage the protective enamel and lead to premature gum erosion.
Brushing only reaches two thirds of the teeth’s surfaces. Flossing will clean between teeth to remove food that your toothbrush missed. There are many different types of dental floss available; with daily use you help keep teeth clean and invigorate gum tissue.
Watch What You Eat and Drink
The daily diet should be made up primarily of fruits, vegetables, dairy, proteins, and healthy grains. Drink water; soda and sugary drinks can be damaging to teeth.
It has been established that oral health is closely linked to overall health. So anything you can do to protect your teeth will likely contribute to enjoying great health. This includes lifestyle habits such as tobacco use; smokers are much more likely to develop gum disease leading to the potential for teeth loss.
A great smile and maintaining your oral health are rewards you will enjoy for your lifetime. If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.