At Signature Smile Dental, we LOVE to see you smile and we believe that healthy mouths smile more often.
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a very important part of overall health and well-being.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of our top five tips you can use to get your mouth in optimal shape, starting today!
Visit your dentist.
Routine oral health exams are at the heart of keeping your mouth as healthy as possible. Most dentists recommend a scheduled general dental appointment every six months. Your dentist can examine your mouth and address any potential issues. Your hygienist can professionally clean your teeth and gums to remove any plaque and polish those pearly whites
Brush and floss — daily.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush and flossing daily in between teeth to keep plaque at bay.
While sugary treats are great once in awhile, eating too many can lead to cavities and tooth decay. Focus on eating healthy fruits and vegetables as often as possible to promote healthy teeth and gums. When you do eat or drink a sweet treat, brush immediately after to remove excess sugar.
Rinse with mouthwash.
Mouthwash does more than make your breath smell fresh. It also protects your teeth and gums by killing bacteria that can lead to gum disease. Rinse at least once a day for 30 – 60 seconds for optimal results.
The nicotine and tar in cigarettes not only turns your teeth yellow, they erode your gums. According to WebMD, “Smoking creates a ripe environment for bacteria and plaque on your teeth and along the gum line. That harms tissue, degrades the bone that supports teeth, and, eventually, increases your risk of tooth loss.”
Use these tips to get your healthy smile started today. And don’t forget towith your dentist as part of your oral health routine.