Learn more about the different ways you can protect your smile from decay and other problems.
Taking care of your smile doesn’t have to be a chore. It’s actually fairly simple to maintain good oral hygiene, but what’s important is that you understand what goes into preventive care. Our Two Rivers, WI, family dentist, Dr. Chris Hansen, provides a little insight into what you should be doing to keep teeth and gums clean.
Why is preventive dental care so important?
Think about it: Wouldn’t you rather prevent illness rather than try to treat the problem once it crops up? Our Two Rivers dentist believes it’s best to safeguard your teeth and gums from common issues like decay and gum disease rather than worry about it once you are faced with these issues. Plus, preventive dentistry can save you money in the long run. Coming in to visit us every six months is just one of the best ways for us to monitor your oral health and protect your smile from problems. Preventive dentistry is the best way to maintain a healthy smile.
What does preventive dentistry entail?
Coming in for routine cleanings and exams is one of the surefire ways to protect your smile. Of course, preventive dentistry also includes:
Eating a diet that is healthy and balanced will go a long way toward a healthy mouth. You eat to consume nutrients that you need to keep your body strong, and your teeth, gums and jawbone also require essential nutrients. If you enjoy a diet that is rich in lean proteins, whole grains and lots of fruits and veggies and avoids junk food and sugar, you can maintain a healthy smile for years to come.
Your Oral Routine
Do you brush at least twice a day? Do you floss daily? These are two key components that you need to incorporate into everyday life if you want a healthy smile. These aren’t difficult habits, but it’s important to make them part of your routine. Make sure you are using an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Every time you brush, you should be brushing for about 2-3 minutes.
Are you a smoker? Do you grind your teeth at night? These are habits that might not seem like a big deal but they can have a lasting impact on your oral health. Smoking causes an array of issues from impeding healing to causing nasty dental stains to increasing your chances of oral cancer. Ditching the habits or not even starting in the first place is the best option for keeping teeth and gums healthy.
If you are grinding your teeth at night you can wear away healthy enamel over time, which can lead to fractured or broken teeth. Talk to us about a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth while you sleep.
Two Rivers Family Dental is dedicated to making sure you have the healthiest smile possible. Whether you need to schedule your six-month cleaning or have questions about the at-home dental products you are using, we are here to help you!