A healthy smile not only looks beautiful, but can also help improve your overall health. In order to avoid the onset of common dental problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease, you must practice good oral hygiene. At Dr. Adrian Vande Merwe’s practice, our team understands the steps necessary to keep your smile free of common dental health issues. Today, we’re discussing five tips for keeping your smile healthy.
Maintaining Optimal Oral Health
1. Brush Properly: How often do you brush? How long do you brush? For a healthy smile, we recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. You should brush for at least two minutes. When picking out a toothbrush, select one with soft bristles and the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval. Hard or medium bristles may actually wear enamel away, damaging your teeth.
2. Floss Everyday: You should thoroughly floss on either side of every tooth. This removes food that becomes caught between teeth, food that might not be easily removed with brushing alone. We suggest flossing before bed every night. Regular flossing can help reduce the risk of developing cavities or periodontal disease.
3. Schedule a Checkup: You need to have your teeth examined at regular intervals. The ADA suggests undergoing a thorough checkup at least twice a year. During this visit, the dentist will watch for any indicators of developing dental problems. Treatment can then be administered before the issue progresses and require more costly and intensive intervention.
4. Have Your Teeth Cleaned: During a dental cleaning, we remove the plaque buildup from your teeth. Plaque is caused by bacteria and can actually inflame your gums and help weaken tooth enamel. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove plaque, so we strongly suggest undergoing a dental cleaning at least once every six months.
5. Watch What You Eat: The foods and drinks you consume can potentially have an adverse affect on your oral health. Foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches can boost your risk of cavities. We recommend adding more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet and drinking water instead of sodas, energy drinks, or sports drinks.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Adrian
Do you have any questions about combatting tooth decay and other common dental health issues? Interested in improving both the health and beauty of you and your family’s smiles? Then schedule a visit with Dr. Adrian today. We proudly service the residents of Bountiful and surrounding communities. Call us today at (801) 292-7500.