We offer a number of services to help our patients improve and maintain their healthy smiles; but what patients can do for themselves is just as important. If you want a healthy mouth, follow these simple tips:
Brush Your Teeth
Brush regularly and as soon after eating as possible – even after snacking. Brushing keeps small food particles from becoming giant feasts for unwanted bacteria. Brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper — the tongue carries bacteria too.
Flossing further cleans and removes plaque where your toothbrush cannot reach. Floss at least once a day. This will also strengthen your gums over time, helping to prevent gingivitis and other problems. You may find it even brightens your teeth! If you don’t already floss regularly, try it for two weeks and see if it makes a difference.
Oral Irrigation serves several purposes. It helps to remove food particles trapped below the gum line. It can also help remove biofilm, which harbors bacteria dangerous to your oral health.
Irrigate deep pockets with a cannula tip and good antimicrobial solution. This measure is one of the best things you can do on your own to help stop decay where pockets have formed between the tooth and gum. Remember, white teeth do not necessarily mean healthy teeth.
Nutrition is half the battle. The body is equipped to care for itself as long as conditions are right. This means good nutrition, and your teeth and gums are no exception. Poor nutrition can cause the body to divert resources otherwise dedicated to oral health.
Visit the Dentist!
See your dental professionals regularly. If we haven’t seen you in over six months, give us a call!
Regardless of which dentist you visit, make sure your hygienist is allowed a good 45 minutes to an hour – enough time to properly work on your teeth. Listen to your hygienist when he or she tells you about a problem area, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Following these simple steps will help you get – and keep – that healthy, happy smile.