Taking consistent steps to keep your teeth and mouth healthy is the best way to prevent cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and other oral health problems. You can do this by brushing, flossing, visiting your family dentist regularly, and making sure you eat a healthy diet.
Brushing Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth is the first step toward a healthy mouth. You should brush regularly to ensure food particles, sugars, and bacteria don’t cling to your tooth surfaces or collect in the grooves of your molars. Brushing also removes plaque from your teeth before it can harden into tartar.
Flossing Your Teeth
Flossing is another important step in keeping your mouth healthy. Flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth and from just under the gum line. Proper flossing technique is important, so ask your family dentist to help you improve your flossing form if you’re not certain you’re doing it correctly.
Visiting Your Family Dentist
To ensure the best possible health for your mouth and teeth, you should visit your family dentist regularly. Most dentists recommend a trip to the dental office about every six months, but you might need to go more frequently if you have specific issues that need to be monitored. Your dentist is able to keep a close eye on any problems you might have by taking X-rays, performing a detailed check-up and a professional cleaning, and checking for any signs of gum disease or symptoms of oral cancer.
Maintaining a Healthy Diet
A good diet will keep your teeth strong and healthy along with the rest of your body. Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to maintain your immune system. Minerals like calcium and potassium are important to help keep your teeth strong and to help remineralize cavities in their earliest stages. Avoid sugary and sticky foods that cling to your teeth and provide convenient breeding grounds for bacteria. Also avoid highly acidic foods that can damage your tooth enamel.
By following these four basic guidelines, you can keep your teeth healthy and strong for many years to come with help from our dentist, Dr. Bush.