While your teeth and gums are protected by a strong outer layer of enamel, it’s still possible for cavities to form over time if you don’t practice proper oral hygiene habits every day. These simple at-home practices can keep your smile healthy and happy!
Brush your teeth at least twice daily. Oral bacteria feed on food particles left behind in plaque and can accumulate on your teeth throughout the day. If left to linger for too long, these acids can cause tooth decay and even gum disease. Be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth, including the tops, fronts, backs, and chewing sides. Be gentle and use a toothbrush with a soft-bristled head to prevent eroding your tooth enamel. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
Flossing is also important for removing accumulated plaque between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush can’t reach. Use an ADA-accepted floss product to clean between each tooth using a sawing motion. Repeat this process for every tooth, and be sure to clean the hard-to-reach areas between your molars as well.
Maintaining good oral health at home isn’t difficult if you’re already eating a healthy, balanced diet. However, there are certain foods and drinks that can damage your teeth or increase your risk of developing gum disease. Here are some foods and beverages to be mindful of:
Tobacco products contain chemicals that can harm your teeth and gums, increase your risk of oral cancer, and cause bad breath. If you smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products like chewing tobacco or cigars, ask your dentist for information and advice on how to quit. You may also want to make an appointment for a checkup and cleaning if you are concerned about how smoking is affecting your oral health.
It is a good idea to have a comprehensive oral exam once every six months, so talk to your dentist if you think you may be due for your next checkup and cleaning. At these appointments, your dentist will check for any oral health issues and treat any problems right away before they have the chance to develop further and become more difficult to treat. If it has been more than six months since your last appointment, contact your dentist to schedule an appointment today.
Visit ProCare Dental at 1377 E 3900 S #202, Salt Lake City 84124, or call (801) 278-2817 for the best dental care.