Preventive methods are essential in taking care of your smile and maintaining your long-term oral health. This is because it is better to intercept dental problems early on, rather than facing the consequences of allowing them to progress. In addition to addressing issues at biannual check-ups, your dentist provides you with advice on preventive measures you can take to effectively care for your teeth at home. While the recommendations you receive at these visits depend on your individual situation, the following tips are valuable in keeping your smile healthy throughout the year.
Start with a Well-Balanced Diet
Having a healthy diet consisting of different foods full of nutrients positively affects not only your well-being but your oral health, as well. Cutting back on your intake of added sugars is another step you can take to both improve your dietary habits and reduce the risk of dental decay developing and spreading.
It’s All About Technique
Brushing your teeth daily is your best defense against decay-causing bacteria, which makes establishing a regular routine and effective hygiene techniques important. Dentists recommend that patients brush twice a day, once in the morning after waking up and again at night, right before going to bed. This schedule keeps your smile free from debris and limits the opportunity for bacteria to develop.
To take up the challenge of eliminating harmful bacteria and scrubbing away plaque, you should be equipped with the right tools for the job. Using a toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste containing fluoride cleans and protects the enamel simultaneously. When brushing, make sure to get the front and back side of teeth, along with the tongue.
Floss. Floss. Floss
Many people tend to leave flossing out of their at-home care routine, despite the fact that it is important in combating plaque, tartar, and decay. Flossing on a daily basis allows you to reach places in your smile that brushing alone cannot get to. You can prevent cavities from forming by including this along with twice daily brushing and using an alcohol-free mouthwash.
Take Charge of Your Wellness
Caring for your oral health by taking measures that protect your teeth and the gums supporting them decreases your chances of developing complex issues. Prioritizing hygiene allows you to avoid extensive, potentially costly treatment in the future, which might just give you room in your budget to spend on the things you enjoy. Not only does this save you on expenses, you also spare yourself the discomfort associated with dental problems.
Contact Dr. Bruce M. Doyle, D.M.D. Today!
Dr. Doyle and his Stoneham dental team are committed to educating their patients and protecting them from concerns that negatively impact oral health. To learn more about preventive dentistry and the services our practice provides, call us today!