There are many treatments and procedures used to clean teeth and cure underlying dental issues. However, many people feel these treatments are costly and overwhelming. While important if you are facing serious oral health issues, preventing problems should be your priority. Thankfully, these tips can help you prevent dental problems in the future.
While obvious to hear, brushing your teeth is a great way to prevent serious dental issues. Unfortunately, you may not know when and how to brush your teeth properly. According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and ADA-approved toothpaste with fluoride.
In addition, replace your toothbrush every three or four months to ensure it effectively removes food, plaque, and bacteria from your teeth.
Food and bacteria can build up behind and in between your teeth even with proper brushing, so flossing once a day is smart.
Use traditional dental floss strong or flossing picks to comfortably reach in between each of your teeth. Each day, floss for a few minutes after brushing. Then, rinse your mouth to remove all food particles and bacteria.
Without daily flossing, plaque can harden into tartar, increasing your risk of cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Schedule a dental exam twice a year, as well, to protect your smile’s health. During these checkups, your dentist will x-ray your teeth to determine if you have any underlying oral health issues before conducting a detailed cleaning of your teeth and gums.
Your dentist will also offer educated, professional tips to treat or improve specific issues you are facing. If necessary, you can also choose from a selection of cosmetic treatments to improve the look of your smile.
Protecting your dental health is possible with these simple tips. For more information, call us at Artistic Smiles today about your smile’s specific health.