Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist at Signature Smile Family Dentistry & Orthodontics will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Keep reading to learn some tips to help you look after your teeth.
It’s no secret that the general recommendation is to brush at least twice a day. The best time to brush teeth is after meals and before sleeping.
Don’t forget to choose a toothbrush with a small head for better access to back teeth. Soft bristles are kinder on your gums.
The way you brush is equally important, doing a poor job of brushing your teeth is almost as bad as not brushing at all. Take your time, moving the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. tooth brushing should take between two and three minutes.
Unremoved plaque can harden, leading to calculus buildup and gingivitis (early gum disease).
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When it comes to toothpaste, there are more important elements to look for than whitening power and flavors.
Signature Smile Family Dentistry & Orthodontics recommends that you choose toothpaste that contains fluoride, Fluoride helps to harden tooth enamel and reduces your risk of decay.
Plaque can also build up on your tongue. Not only can this lead to bad mouth odor, but it can lead to other oral health problems. Gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
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Floss your teeth daily. Use a slow and gentle sawing motion, even if you brush your teeth regularly, don’t neglect to floss.
Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food. If you use them to crack nuts, remove bottle tops or rip open packaging, you risk chipping or even breaking your teeth.
Don’t forget to wear a mouthguard or full-face helmet when playing sports.
Water continues to be the best beverage for your overall health — including oral health. Also, as a rule of thumb, drinking water after every meal. This can help wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages in between brushes.
Limit acidic drinks like soft drinks, cordials, and fruit juices. Food acids soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes (cavities or caries). In severe cases, teeth may be ‘eaten’ right down to the gum.
In return, more than fresh food, Eating fresh, crunchy produce not only contains more healthy fiber, but it’s also the best choice for your teeth.
Your own everyday habits are crucial to your overall oral health. Still, even the most dutiful brushers and flossers need to see a dentist regularly. At a minimum, you should see your dentist for cleanings and checkups twice a year. Not only can a dentist remove calculus and look for cavities, but they will also be able to spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions.
We love our patients and love to help them form healthy dental lives that will last them a lifetime. For more information call us today to answer all of your questions so get an appointment