Healthy teeth are important not only because you will look good but also because they provide vital functions. Strong teeth help you chew a variety of foods, which aids in digestion. Healthy teeth help you speak clearly, allowing you to effectively express your thoughts. Healthy teeth also provide you with a beautiful smile. To keep your natural teeth strong and healthy, you must practice proper oral hygiene. Here are a few tips.
You brush your teeth every day, but are you doing it correctly? To ensure you're giving your smile the best care possible, here are some tips to keep in mind when brushing and flossing your teeth. You should brush at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time. You should also floss daily to clean between teeth and make sure food doesn't become stuck there. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush so you don't end up harming your gums or wearing down the enamel of your teeth. Also, replace your toothbrush every three to four months to make sure the bristles stay fresh and aren't too worn to remove bacteria from your mouth. While you're at it, also replace its protective case regularly as well. If you've noticed a change in your oral health, such as bleeding gums or sores in your mouth, visit your dentist right away to have the problem diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
Limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks, which can lead to tooth decay. Your mouth needs plenty of healthy nutrients to stay healthy and strong as well. Consume cheese, milk, vegetables, fruits, eggs, etc., to ensure the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function optimally are consumed regularly.
The Academy of General Dentistry recommends patients visit their dentist at least twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings. During these appointments, our team will thoroughly clean your teeth by removing any plaque buildup and tartar that may have gathered on the surfaces of your tooth enamel. Then, we will polish the surface of each tooth to create a smooth texture and eliminate minor surface stains.
These comprehensive cleanings will remove harmful oral bacteria that can lead to decay, gum disease, and more. We will also inspect your entire smile to look for any signs of damage or disease. If we notice a problem, like cavities or signs of gum disease, we can address the issue right away by administering the appropriate treatment. Otherwise, your checkup may conclude with a discussion about ways to enhance your at-home oral hygiene routine. By staying on top of your dental care, you can prevent the need for more involved treatments later on.
Call Dr. Ronald F. Jacob, DMD, at (386) 445-6111 if you wish to learn more tips for maintaining good oral health. We are located at 17 Old King's Road N, Palm Coast, FL 32137.