Oral Health Tips
Keeping good oral health requires regular maintenance at home and at our office. Not only can preventive dental techniques help maintain your appearance and comfort, but they can also potentially save you money. Here are some tips to guide your efforts at avoiding dental problems.
Brush and Floss Regularly
According to the American Dental Association, patients should brush at least twice per day and floss at least once. During each brushing session, you should spend at least two minutes scrubbing grime off of the chewing surfaces, out of crevices and away from your gums. If your tongue becomes covered with bacteria and food particles, then you should clean it with a tongue scraper.
Eat a Healthy diet
A diet that is good for your teeth and gums includes a variety of nutritious foods and excludes sugary items. Dairy provides calcium for strong teeth, while vegetables have ample vitamins and minerals that play supporting roles in the mouth. Soda, candy and desserts should be limited or avoided, because they feed the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.
Get Checkups Regularly
Regular checkups provide an opportunity for a deep cleaning, examination of the teeth and gums, and a selection of necessary procedures. If you have gum disease, prompt care from our dentist can prevent you from losing your teeth and suffering possible systemic infections. Fluoride treatments can be used to strengthen your teeth against bacteria and acidic dietary items. If your teeth are crooked, braces can straighten them and reduce your risks of uneven tooth wear, tooth decay and other oral health issues.
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