A healthy, beautiful smile will boost your self-esteem and enhance your overall well-being. Here are four steps that you can take to keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape.
- Establish a relationship with a family dentistry practice: At a minimum, you should be examined by a dentist and get a professional cleaning from a dental hygienist every six months. Some patients will need to go to the dentist more frequently than that. These routine screenings can help your dentist detect potentially harmful oral diseases, like tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer, in their earliest stages, when they are most treatable. Additionally, when you are a regular patient with a dentist, it will be easier to be seen when you face a dental emergency.
- Keep up with a good daily oral hygiene regimen: Your semiannual sessions at the family dentistry practice are a keystone of a healthy smile, but not sufficient on their own. You must put enough effort into maintaining your teeth and gums between those visits. You should be brushing twice a day, for two minutes each time. You may want to consider using an electric toothbrush if you accumulate a lot of plaque. Floss daily and consider an anti-bacterial mouthwash if your dentist recommends one in your case.
- Eat a nutritious, varied diet and limit sweet treats: Sugary treats can leave behind an ideal nutritional source for oral bacteria that can damage your teeth and gums, especially if they’re of the sticky variety that can cling to your teeth.
- Quit smoking (or don’t start in the first place!): Smoking causes inflammation and can increase a patient’s risk of developing gum disease, not to mention leaving an unsightly yellow tinge on the teeth and causing bad breath. If you give up this habit, you can do your smile a world of good.
If you ever have any questions about preserving your oral health, you can consult with any of the professionals at your family dentistry practice. These experts can give you tips on proper technique for brushing and flossing, monitoring your gums for signs of periodontal disease and other important steps that protect your smile.
Patients who are serious about their oral health should be seen regularly at a dental practice. If you’ve fallen off track with this, call our office at 269-979-1500 to schedule an appointment with us and get back on a six-month schedule.