Best Practies For A Healthy Smile

Posted by Todd Curley Nov 03,2022

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Good oral hygiene practices are essential for one's healthy smile. Here are the best practices for having a healthy smile and teeth.

  • Brushing, Flossing And Rinsing Your Teeth Regularly

When it comes to healthy teeth, oral hygiene practices are some of the most important factors. Proper brushing and flossing are one of the simplest ways to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes for each session. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush that won't damage your gums. Also, use toothpaste that contains fluoride since it helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay.

Flossing is a simple yet effective way to remove plaque from your teeth and gums from the areas where the toothbrush can't reach. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth after eating sugars and starches and then sits there, producing acid that slowly eats away at the enamel on your teeth, causing cavities. Removing this plaque from between the teeth and under the gum line is critical to preventing tooth decay. 

Rinsing with mouthwash is also an important step to a healthy oral routine because it kills off harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease and cavities while it freshens your breath at the same time. Mouthwash contains special ingredients like fluoride that help strengthen and protect tooth enamel. All of these steps collectively help to prevent gum disease and periodontal disease, which can damage the bone around your teeth and loosen them to the point where they fall out.

  • Getting Regular Dental Checkups

When it comes to your oral health, prevention is always the best medicine. By having regular checkups and cleanings, your dentist is able to identify and diagnose potential issues before they become painful and costly. These appointments are also a great time to ask about any at-home oral hygiene routines or products that may benefit your smile.

At each visit, your dental hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar that build around the base of your teeth. The hygienist will also polish your teeth to make them smooth and shiny again.

Your dentist may also perform an oral cancer screening to check for irregularities in the soft tissues of your mouth. An oral exam may also be performed to examine the health of your teeth and jaw. X-rays may also be taken to get a more detailed view of what is happening underneath the gums. X-ray images can reveal cavities between the teeth, impacted wisdom teeth, bone loss in the jaw area, and more. By identifying these problems early, we can prevent more serious complications from developing. It's recommended that adults and children visit the dentist for a checkup every six months. 

  • Quitting Smoking

Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers. One reason is tobacco causes dry mouth, which makes it easier for plaque to form on your teeth. Another is that smokers tend to have higher levels of calculus buildup or tartar on their teeth and gums. This can lead to periodontal pockets and exposed roots. Both of these conditions can lead to periodontal disease. Smoking can also lead to oral cancer. Tobacco can also stain the teeth and make them appear yellow or brown in color. If you smoke and want to quit, talk to your team at your next visit and let them know that you want to kick this bad habit. We offer many services that can help you quit for good!

Wish to learn more oral care habits? Call our dental office and schedule an appointment with us.

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