A beautiful smile requires regular care and maintenance. Many people are unaware of just how simple maintaining good oral health can be. With the right steps, you can help your smile stay free of cavities and dental disease.
Brushing and Floss
How often should you brush your teeth? At the minimum, you should brush your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. However, for optimal dental health we suggest brushing after every meal as well. When you choose your toothbrush remember to select one with soft bristles. Hard bristles can actually wear away enamel.
You should floss your teeth at least once a day, preferably before bed. Floss can remove the food particles and bacteria hiding between teeth. Brushing alone cannot do this. While once a day is recommended, we think flossing after each meal is an excellent way to promote improved oral health and reduce your risk of cavities and gingivitis.
Watch What You Eat
Your diet can have a major impact on your dental health. Foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches, such as soda, candy, and chips, can endanger your smile. Bacteria break down the sugar, coating the teeth in a sticky substance known as plaque. Soon, plaque can weaken your enamel and allow bacteria to reach the inner layers of dentin.
As a result, cavities may form and eventually lead to a dental infection. We suggest drinking water and adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet in lieu of sugary snacks and drinks.
Checkups and Dental Cleanings
When was the last time you had a checkup or a dental cleaning? While these procedures may not seem like much, they can actually protect your smile from tooth decay and gum disease, allowing you to maintain a healthy, attractive smile.
With a checkup, Dr. Nikki Green or Dr Ryan Knight will exam your teeth and watch for signs of developing dental problems. He or She can then recommend treatment before the issue progresses any further.
A dental cleaning allows our hygienists to remove plaque from your teeth that can’t be erased with brushing and flossing alone. Your teeth will then be polished for a bright, smooth finish. You should undergo a checkup and dental cleaning at least once every six months to protect the your oral health.
If you have any questions about maintaining oral health, call our Fort Worth dental office today at (817) 737-6601 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Nikki Green or Dr Ryan Knight.