Are you happy with your smile? A recent survey said that only 20% of people polled were happy with their smile. Some of the reasons people are less than satisfied with their teeth and gums include teeth that are crooked, chipped, cracked, or unsightly gaps between teeth. Your dentist is well qualified to correct these problems. There is another large segment of the population that is unhappy with their smile because of a lack of health. Decay, pain, and gum disease is extremely prevalent in our country. The good news is that you can avoid much of this and correct much of the damage that may have already been done. We hope you can start with these tips and move yourself to a healthier smile starting today!
Adjust your diet: This is one of the major reasons for a lack of oral health. If you want to know some of the most costly diet decisions, feel free to read our past blog “The Top 5 Worst Foods and Drinks for Your Teeth”. It should come as no surprise that most of the same foods and drinks that have been proven to damage your body systemically also can damage your teeth and gums.
Learn now to properly brush: Most Americans learned how to brush from their parents. Those techniques most likely have not changed since. What the majority of people do not know is that they are not using the optimal technique. Does it really matter? Yes it certainly does. Not only does it protect the teeth and gums from damage but the amount of plaque and debris removal has been shown to be significantly better when proper technique is used. The Bass method for brushing has been shown to be safe and effective. The toothbrush is angled at 45 degrees between the tooth and the gum rather than perpendicular to the tooth. In addition, instead of a horizontal brushing motion, a circular motion is used to clean the teeth.
Below is a Video Illustrating the Bass Method for Brushing
Floss, Floss, Floss: Your toothbrush cannot reach between the teeth to cover the entire lateral surfaces. Flossing is necessary to adequately clean between the teeth. Many cavities are formed between teeth. These cavities can be filled but that never will replace your natural tooth structure. Try flossing with your eyes shut once per week. This will allow you to focus on proper technique and will result in cleaner teeth.
Ditch the Habits: We all know that tobacco use can be detrimental to your smile. Not only will tobacco stain teeth but the health of teeth and gums can be crushed by tobacco use through many different mechanisms. This is not the only habit that can destroy your smile. Teeth should never be used as tools. Opening bottles, breaking fishing line, and chewing ice are examples of habits that can hurt tooth structure.
Wear a Mouthguard When Playing Sports: We cannot emphasize this enough. Soccer, hockey, skating, and football are the sports that cause the most oral trauma. Each tooth lost can have significant costs and damaged teeth are difficult to repair and replace. Your dentist can fabricate custom mouthguards that can provide significant reductions in the levels of danger!
If you are looking for a dentist in Orange Park, FL and surrounding areas, please feel free to contact us electronically or call us at (904)602-8396.