These two words encompass more than they imply. Because it’s more than just brushing your teeth. How you brush and the tools you use do make a difference. Your toothbrush should be soft bristled. While scrubbing your teeth with a firm toothbrush may make you feel like you have cleaned your teeth well, you could be wearing away precious enamel designed to protect your dentition as well as doing damage to gum tissue. Brush for two minutes using a fluoridated toothpaste. Employ a circular motion applying moderate pressure. And always brush before bed to remove food particles that attribute to plaque formation.
When you brush your teeth, you only reach about two thirds of the surfaces of your teeth. Flossing is needed to remove what your toothbrush didn’t. The type of floss you use is not as important … find one you like and make sure to use it at least once a day.
Avoid foods high in sugar and carbohydrates. Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables (the crunchy ones help clean your teeth), dairy, proteins, and healthy grains. Drink water to stay properly hydrated. Soda and beverages loaded with sugar are not a good choice for either your oral or overall health.
You must visit your dentist at least every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam. Even the most diligent person will likely have some plaque and tartar form on their teeth. The only way to remove harmful dental tartar is with a cleaning by your dental provider. The dental exam is designed to look for signs of decay, disease, and the oral cancer screening performed could actually save your life.
Family dentistry should be thought of as a one stop shop for you and your family. Regular dental visits will help keep teeth and gums in great shape while providing many of the services you may need to maintain great oral health.