When spring finally breaks through, people tend to think of spring-cleaning for their closets, homes, and yards. But, what about spring-cleaning for your smile? Start the new season out fresh by going back to basics of dental health.
With all the advances of dentistry, especially in cosmetic dentistry, it’s easy to forget what the main purpose of dental care is all about – clean, healthy teeth and gums. It’s as simple as that. While I can say that I’m excited about the amazing advances that dentistry has made even in the last few years, it’s important to remember the basics of dental health. Just as a friendly reminder, here are a few tips for your everyday care so that when you come in to see us there are no signs of tooth decay or gum disease.
– Brush your teeth twice a day – morning and night. We’ve all known this since we were kids, but it can be tempting to crawl into bed after a long day without brushing. Take the extra couple minutes so you avoid plaque build-up and future problems.
– Floss, floss, floss – A habit that can be ignored more easily than brushing, but is fast and prevents future health issues with gum disease. Floss each night before going to bed and you’ll not only be preventing future gum disease, but serious health problems, such as heart disease.
– Avoid sugar – Sugar is the mouth’s worst enemy. It eats away at the teeth, creating tooth decay and cavities. Try and replace one sugary drink a day with water and avoid sticky or chewy candies. Also, try keeping acidic drinks such as coffee and wine to a minimum. Not only do these stain the teeth, the high acidity causes erosion over time.
– Avoid tobacco products – Exposure to tobacco can cause gum disease as well as much more serious problems in the mouth, such as cancer.
– Schedule regular dental appointments – Seeing your dentist twice a year will help to prevent dental problems in the future as well as keeping the teeth and mouth free of excessive plaque. Even with brushing and flossing every day, only your dentist can remove the tartar that builds up. Also, regular visits to the dentist give you the opportunity to get x-rays and oral cancer screenings in order to prevent more serious problems.
Sounds pretty easy, right? Just follow these simple tips and you’ll be looking at a healthy smile for years to come. Good dental health only takes a few minutes a couple times a day. Your smile is one of the things that people notice first about you, so why not take care of it? Schedule your six month appointment today by calling us at (402) 331-2070.