Maintaining Good Dental Hygiene
Are you wondering if your daily routine is giving you the healthy smile you deserve?
Caring for your smile really shouldn’t be difficult and yet there are so many people that neglect their oral health. Just the fact that you are reading this post, leads our Mendon, NY, family dentist, Dr. Carl Murano, to believe that you do care about your oral health and want to make sure you are doing everything possible to keep your smile healthy. Here are some smile-friendly rules to live by:
Brush and Floss Regularly
While this may seem like a no-brainer, it bears repeating since many people don’t brush and floss regularly or thoroughly enough to maintain good oral health. Remember that these two habits are some of the best ways to prevent gum disease and decay and they can be done right in your very own home. Follow these easy tips:
- Opt for an ADA-approved toothbrush and toothpaste. Always choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, which will be safe on enamel.
- Replace your toothbrush about every three to four months (or after illness).
- Use toothpaste that contains fluoride, which can help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily. If you wear braces or are prone to decay you may want to brush your teeth after every meal.
You may just love having that sugary pick-me-up treat during the lull of the mid-afternoon. It can be easy to just sit there and snack at your desk throughout the day, but if you value your oral health you may want to nix this habit. This is because most of the snacks that people turn to during the day are high in sugar or are highly processed, which can damage tooth enamel and lead to decay.
Say “Yes” to Preventive Dentistry
While we know that people lead busy lives, you should never be too busy to see your dentist. Even if your teeth and gums feel great and look good this doesn’t mean that there aren’t underlying issues just bubbling under the surface. These are problems you won’t notice but we will.
By coming in every six months, we can prevent decay from getting worse and even reverse early signs of gum disease. During these visits, also talk to us about whether fluoride treatment or dental sealants could protect your oral health.
If you must have a treat, opt for healthy choices like hard cheeses or crisp fruits like pears or apples. These fruits act as natural dental cleaners and also stimulate salivary production to remove food and bacteria from teeth.
HFL Dental in Mendon, NY, is here for you and your dental needs, whatever they may be. Do you need a routine cleaning? Do you want to talk about your cosmetic dentistry options? We can help.