Though your teeth are an important part of your healthy smile, it is normal to neglect them and forget about their health from time to time. We all get busy with life and forget to brush or floss as we should.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of what you need to do to get the smile of your dreams, let’s talk about what health means for teeth. A healthy mouth means there is less chance for infection in your gums and less tooth decay. If you have more bacteria in your mouth, it feeds on sugars found in our food. This can lead to plaque build-up and yellowish-looking teeth, not to mention cavities. This not only affects your healthy smile but also affects your health.
1- Visit your dentist twice a year.
The first step is visiting a dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
Regular visits to the dentist can help maintain your oral health. It’s important to schedule regular checkups because early signs of oral cancer can be spotted by a dental professional. This is when they will examine your teeth and determine if there are any issues. Capturing issues before they become bigger issues will help you reduce the amount of dental work you will need overall.
There are times when the dentist will need to take X-rays. This will allow Dr. Wohlers to determine how bad a cavity is and if she can save the tooth.
2-Brush your teeth after meals and before bedtime
Brushing your teeth after meals and before bedtime is an important practice that can prevent tooth decay. It also helps with digestion, prevents bad breath, and keeps your mouth healthy. Brushing often and properly can take on a huge role in maintaining your healthy smile.
3-Floss your teeth every day for a healthy smile
It seems like an easy task, but we all know that it can be a bit of a challenge.
The most common cause of tooth decay is the buildup of bacteria on the teeth’ surface. Furthermore, there are other causes for tooth decay, such as poor oral hygiene and genetics. Be sure that you take the time to brush and floss at least daily. However, we would like to see our patients brush more than just once a day.
It is important to note that there are many other factors besides not flossing that might cause your breath to smell bad. For example, eating certain foods or smoking might cause your breath to smell bad, too. If you want to keep your teeth healthy and fresh, make sure to brush them twice a day with toothpaste and floss them at least once a day or more frequently if necessary
4-Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to help with oral health
Drinking 8 glasses of water a day is important for oral health. It hydrates the body and keeps the mouth moist.
It’s also important to be aware of food and drink options that can contribute to tooth decay or gum diseases, such as sugary drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, iced tea, and alcohol. Water will wash away food fragments and particles and have a balanced PH, which will help balance the mouth’s PH.
5-Choose to Whiten your teeth.
Teeth whitening is a great way to improve the overall appearance of your healthy smile.
There are many different types of whitening products on the market that can help you achieve the level of whiteness that you desire. Some people choose to have their teeth whitened at home and some in the dental office. Speak to Dr. Wohlers to determine what is best for you.