In addition to routine checkups and professional cleanings, everyone can benefit from a strong home dental care routine. From daily brushing to flossing, these seven tips will help you have healthy teeth and gums at any age.
Brushing your teeth is the first step to good dental hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends that everyone brush twice a day to remove food and plaque from teeth and gums.
Fluoride toothpaste is another key component of healthy teeth and gums. It can decrease the risk of tooth decay, prevent plaque buildup and limit the deteriorating effects of sugar.
A therapeutic mouthwash can help reduce plaque, prevent or reduce gingivitis and slow the speed at which tarter develops. A daily rinse will also help remove lingering food particles and debris from your mouth.
Flossing every day is highly recommended if you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums. It can help prevent tarter buildup, tooth decay and bad breath. Flossing also removes plaque and food that is beyond the reach of your toothbrush.
A daily dose of calcium will help strengthen your teeth. If you don’t like drinking milk, you can also receive calcium in a number of other ways, including cheese, yogurt and broccoli.
Toothbrushes don’t last forever. The bristles can breakdown causing them to be less effective. You should change your toothbrush at least every three to four months or after any illness.
Tobacco use does not improve oral hygiene. Smoking or chewing tobacco can stain teeth, damage oral tissue and weaken teeth (besides other serious health issues).
Advantage Care provides routine and preventive dental care services to both children and adults. Our team strives to make patients feel comfortable and safe in our state-of-the-art dental suites.
Advantage Care believes that early intervention and prevention in dental care is an important part of ensuring excellent general health. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you have healthy teeth and gums, request an appointment today.