March 6, 2023
Keeping your teeth healthy is a lifelong commitment that takes a lot of work. Nevertheless, if you diligently follow the advice of your Denver restorative dentist, you won't have to spend hundreds of dollars restoring your smile.
While everyone knows how critical it is to care for one's teeth, they don't know how to keep them strong and healthy. To maintain your smile's beauty and boost your oral health, we've compiled a list of things you should do.
We cannot stress this enough, brushing is non-negotiable and should be done daily. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day. People often forget to brush before bedtime.
Neglecting to brush before retiring to bed can result in serious oral consequences, such as plaque accumulation. Before you sleep, brush your teeth to remove food debris, bacteria, and plaque collected throughout the day.
How you brush your teeth is just as important as when you do it. If your brushing technique is wrong, it will be as if you weren’t brushing at all. Don’t put your efforts to waste. If unsure, ask your dentist to demonstrate the proper brushing technique during your next visit.
The ADA recommends you use gentle, circular strokes to remove plaque effectively. Removing plaque is critical because if you allow it to stay for more than 24 to 72 hours, it will harden into tartar, putting you at risk of gingivitis.
Did you know that plaque can also collect on your tongue? Plaque can hide in the tiny ridges on your tongue, causing bad breath and other oral health problems. As you brush your teeth, always remember to brush your tongue.
Check the toothpaste you have in your home. Ideally, you should use fluoride-based toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral proven to strengthen teeth and protect your enamel against decay. It doesn’t matter what color or flavor the toothpaste has; what matters the most is if it contains fluoride.
Not a lot of people are fans of flossing. We understand that it’s more tedious compared to brushing. Unfortunately, it’s a mainstay in your oral care routine. You can‘t expect to achieve optimum oral health if you don’t floss daily.
The good news is that dentists only recommend you do it once instead of twice a day. Flossing removes plaque and food debris that have lodged between your teeth. Although brushing can help remove them, the bristles can only do so much and may not reach the narrow crevices between your teeth.
Even if you brush and floss daily, you must see your dentist regularly. Ideally, you should visit the dental office once every six months for checkups and cleanings. Your dentist will evaluate your teeth and gums to look for signs of trouble and treat them accordingly. Routine cleanings are necessary to remove plaque and tartar in hard-to-reach areas.
Central Family Dentistry offers a wide range of restorative dental treatments to bring your smile and oral health back. Our team has the skills, knowledge, and expertise to provide you with the best care. Contact us for a consultation.