Maintaining good oral health is an important part of having good overall health. Proper maintenance means having consistent habits that benefit and protect your mouth and teeth. A dentist can help you do this through regular dental cleanings.
However, maintaining good oral health requires more than just routine dentist visits. You are supposed to be proactive in taking care of your teeth and gums on a daily basis. Here are the best ways you can take care of your oral health.
Brush Regularly With Fluoride Toothpaste
Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is a natural element found in the earth’s soil and water, and it is used to create fluoride. Fluoride and sodium make a cavity-fighting team that keeps your teeth healthy and safe from decay.
Fluoride is so effective in helping maintain strong and healthy teeth, it can even reverse early signs of tooth decay. To make sure you get toothpaste that contains cavity-fighting fluoride, check for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal on the packaging.
Use Dental Floss
Food that gets stuck in between your teeth may not budge after brushing. The food particles that get lodged increase bacteria in your mouth and plaque buildup on your teeth. Dental floss was created precisely to address this issue. It can access every crevice, nook, and cranny in between your teeth to dislodge food particles that are stuck.
Nobody who smokes likes to hear this, but the truth is, smoking is one of the biggest contributors to poor oral health. It is also a leading cause of oral cancer. There are long-term consequences of smoking, some of which are stained teeth, dry mouth, and bad breath. Quitting smoking can put a stop to such issues, and you can even explore ways to reduce the damage that’s already done with your dentist.
See Your Dentist Regularly
While brushing regularly and flossing can help prevent cavities, despite your best efforts, a regular toothbrush and dental floss are just no match for the professional tools used by dentists. It is recommended that you see a dentist at least twice a year for professional cleaning. During the visit, your dentist will not only focus on cleaning the hard to reach areas of your teeth, but they will also check for any dental issues you may have, such as cavities, cracks, early signs of gum disease, mouth sores, and misalignment and crowding issues.
It’s never too late to care for your oral health. Whether you have healthy teeth and want to maintain good oral health or you need assistance to get your teeth back in good shape, Dr. Ernie Soto can help. We provide top-notch dental services and represents the best in oral care. Our clinic offers a comfortable and relaxing environment for patients of all ages.
If you are ready for a full dental checkup, call to request an appointment at (954) 368-6264 or submit a request online. Our friendly staff looks forward to serving you.