Managing Your Dental Health
Did you know that 78% of Americans have had at least one cavity by the age of 17? In fact, cavities are almost as prevalent as the common cold! But believe it or not, cavities and other dental diseases and conditions can actually be preventable with the right dental care and practices. Want a healthier smile? Here are 4 ways you can properly manage your dental health to put tooth decay and gum disease at bay!
1. Brush Your Teeth
The first step towards tooth decay and gum disease prevention is to brush your teeth twice a day for two full minutes, and no less. Make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste! Keep in mind that brushing your teeth will be your first defense against damaging plaque that can cause cavities and decay.
2. Floss Your Teeth
Flossing is something that many patients neglect to do—even those who are good about brushing twice a day! Floss has the ability to reach and clean the places in-between teeth that your toothbrush is unable to reach. By flossing once a day, you can remove hard to reach food particles and plaque in-between your teeth that have built up throughout the day.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Water contains fluoride, a natural mineral that helps strengthen your tooth enamel—the outside layer of your teeth. By drinking water, you can wash away small food particles, in addition to protecting your teeth against plaque and damaging acids that can cause cavities.
4. Visit Our Office
Finally, make sure you stop by our office at least every 6 months for a regular dental checkup and cleaning. Even if your teeth look and feel okay, we can use preventative methods such as professional dental cleanings to make sure that your teeth stay that way!
Your dental health is extremely important, and by managing and taking care of your teeth with good dental care and visiting our office twice a year, you will continue to have a healthy smile for years to come!