Your oral health can be impacted by many factors. How frequently you visit the dentist, how often you replace your toothbrush, and even your diet can affect your teeth and gums. Read to learn more about some tips to help you maintain a healthy smile:
Brush and Floss Frequently
This dental hygiene tip may seem like the most obvious, but it can also be the most effective. Brushing and flossing your teeth and gums at least twice a day can help fight plaque and tartar. You can also clean teeth after meals to remove bits of food that can get lodged between teeth. Cleaning between teeth can help fight cavities and prevents bacteria from building up.
Use Fluoride Products
Using toothpaste and other dental hygiene products that contain fluoride can also help fight cavities. Fluoride found in water is also safe to drink and effectively combats tooth decay.
Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
Over time, the bristles of a toothbrush can bend out of shape. Toothbrushes lose their effectiveness and can not clean teeth as effectively. Bacteria can also build up on toothbrushes, so it is important to replace your toothbrush every three months.
Eat a Healthy Diet
If teeth and gums are not brushed and flossed properly, sugary foods and drinks can cause cavities. Healthy foods not only benefit your physical health but your oral health. Calcium-rich dairy products can strengthen bones, including teeth. Fruits and vegetables can also stimulate saliva production to clean the inside of your mouth.
Schedule Dental Visits
Visiting the dentist for a cleaning every six months can help you maintain your oral health. Dental hygienists can clean areas of the mouth that may be difficult to reach. Restorative treatments can also benefit your oral health. If you have crooked teeth, you could be at risk for tooth decay since it can be difficult to clean between teeth. Straightening teeth not only looks aesthetically appealing but can make it easier to clean teeth.
Call Our Office Today
If you want help to maintain your oral health, call Drs. Williams, Solberg & Miller at (407) 636-2402. You can also request an appointment online here.