Most people want whiter and healthier teeth to keep the smile they love looking perfect. For you to have whiter and healthier teeth, oral hygiene should be your priority. To achieve healthy and white teeth takes a lifetime of care. It is not something you do once, and you are good to go. Even teeth whitening treatments should be repeated. You need to take the proper steps every day to take care of them and ensure no problems arise along the way. It could involve using the right oral care products along with being mindful of your daily habits. The following tips should help you keep that smile you love healthy for a lifetime:
Brush at least twice a day and floss daily
Gum disease and tooth decay are among the top oral health issues worldwide among people of all ages. Avoid such complications by brushing at least twice a day and flossing every other day. However, remember to change your toothbrush at least thrice a year, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and if you have braces, talk to your orthodontist for help on the kind of brush to use.
Maintain a healthy diet
You might not know this, but just as your bones need good, nutritious food to stay healthy, so do your teeth. Every time you eat sugar, the bacteria in your mouth creates acid, which erodes the tooth enamel and ultimately causes tooth decay. If you are looking for the best diet that keeps your teeth healthy, you should consider whole foods low in sugar. Consider lean meat, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and dairy products.
Smoking is one of the worst problems for anyone trying to achieve a bright smile. Smoke stains teeth, and smoking will put you at risk for bleeding gums and gum decay, so quitting is one step in the right direction towards gum health. What’s more, when you smoke, you weaken your immune system, diminishing your body’s ability to fight against infections, including gum disease.
Clean your tongue
Every morning use a tongue scraper that removes tongue plaque while freshening the breath. Sometimes bad breath results from a bacteria buildup on the tongue that can be eliminated by scraping daily.
Visit our offices for checkups at least twice a year
While you might be dedicated to brushing and flossing, you still need to come visit a dentist at least twice a year. At our office, we can remove calculus, look for cavities, spot potential issues and offer treatment options before they become severe. Regular dental visits give the dentist a chance to catch issues before they progress. We believe tooth loss can be avoided if intervention is availed in good time.
Keeping the smile you love is not as unattainable as it might appear. With good oral hygiene, almost all tooth decay and most gum diseases are preventable. Follow the proper measures every day and do not forget to schedule an appointment every 6 months to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Give us a call today.