A healthy smile has several components. First, a healthy smile consists of clean and cavity-free teeth. Second, it includes gums that are pink, healthy, and not receding. Third, there are no abnormal growths on the tongue and the roof of the mouth. Fourth, it includes fresh breath.
Achieving a healthy smile requires routine maintenance done by yourself as well as professional dental cleanings. If your smile is not in the best possible state, here are a few tips on how to work your way towards a healthier smile.
It’s pretty simple and straightforward. The small things you do every day add up to big changes. Brushing and flossing are very impactful on your dental health. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time. When it comes to brushing tools, you want to choose what’s best for you. For many people with arthritis, an electric toothbrush works great since you only have to press a button to get it to work. In addition, an electric toothbrush has the ability to reach hard-to-reach areas of your teeth, and the vibrating function can remove particles that can become plaque and tartar. The toothpaste you use should have fluoride, which keeps teeth strong. Make sure to also floss at least once a day.
There are foods that are great for teeth. It should be no surprise that they are mostly fruits and vegetables. Pass on sugary foods as they can ruin your teeth. Foods that are great for your teeth act as removers of particles that are stuck between your teeth. Plain yogurt, cheese, apples, and celery not only have a cleaning effect, but they also strengthen your teeth and neutralize acids in your mouth that can damage enamel. Chewing sugar and aspartame-free gum with xylitol is also beneficial to your dental health.
The best lifestyle change you can make for your smile is to quit smoking. Smoking causes your teeth to be stained, your mouth to be dry, and gives you bad breath. These issues combined with the host of other problems caused by smoking are enough reasons to quit.
It is recommended that you visit your dentist at least once a year, however, more is better. The dental tools the average person uses to brush and floss are unable to perform deep cleanings. A dental cleaning reaches hard to reach spots that you may be missing. Moreover, if you are at risk of developing oral cancer, a dental hygienist can check for early signs of it when it’s still highly treatable.
Dental Care for a Healthier Smile in Plantation, Florida
At the Dental Office of Ernie Soto in Plantation, Florida, we help patients like yourself achieve and maintain healthy smiles that are bright, beautiful, and attractive. Let us help you get the smile of your dreams.
To schedule a consultation, call us at (954) 368-6264 or request an appointment now. Our friendly team looks forward to serving you soon.