Fours simple steps to effective teeth care and a healthier mouth.
Brush And Floss Two Times a Day
Teeth brushing is necessary for removing nasty plaque that has built up on your teeth over the day. If it stays in your mouth for too long, you could be looking at possible gum recession, and even tooth loss. Even though a lot of neglect the floss all together, this is not a good practice because there are several benefits to daily flossing. Floss gets rid of food particles that get stuck in the spaces between your teeth, which are otherwise impossible to remove with just your toothbrush. If left for too long, these food particles invite bacteria which form cavities in your teeth. The frequency of flossing is like brushing and ideally after each meal, though one time a day (before going to bed) is the minimum necessary.
Use The Right Tooth Paste For You
Consult Boston Dental about the current state of your oral health and ask your dentist to recommend a toothpaste that can help your oral hygiene get better. For your convenience, we can give you a toothpaste that whitens your teeth if they are getting stained for example.
Get In Control Of Your Habits
If you are a smoker or frequently chew tobacco, your teeth will surely begin to get stained. Smoking also contributes to weaker gums and eventual tooth loss. If you are unable to fight your addiction try to use toothpaste and other mouth hygiene products that are specifically made for smokers and tobacco users. Also, try to stay away from sweet foods as much as possible since they attract bacteria in large numbers and are one of the most common reasons for cavities. It is important to be aware of all the sources of sugar that are out there. It is not just everything that is sweet, but anything that can turn to sugar like pieces of bread. Cutting down your sugar intake is good for cavity prevention, as well as your general health.
Get Regular Dental Checkups
While proper home care is the first step in maintaining proper oral and periodontal (gum) health, it is essential to have professional cleanings every six months, or more frequently depending on the need. These visits, referred to as “dental prophylaxis”, are generally performed by a board-certified dental hygienist trained to help patients maintain optimum oral health. During these visits, a dentist also performs an exam of the entire mouth to insure that oral health is properly maintained. If you avoid seeing your dentist regularly and there are problems in your mouth they will only worsen with lost time which could eventually lead to tooth loss.