Preventive dental cleanings and checkups are vital to protecting the health of your teeth and gums. However, it is not the only care you need. There are simple ways you can maintain your oral health in between regular appointments. By doing so, you will help ensure your dentist in Orange Park, FL does not find any major dental complications at your next checkup. This will not only preserve your beautiful smile but help to keep dental costs as low as possible by avoiding invasive procedures. As your family dentist, Dr. Nawrocki has simple tips to help you protect your smile.
Brush Twice a Day
From a very young age, you have been told to brush your teeth twice a day. However, roughly 50% of people do so. Although it may not seem like a big deal, you need to brush twice a day to prevent an accumulation of plaque and tarter, which will cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Use an ADA-approved soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean all surfaces of the teeth. Every time you brush, do so for at least two minutes. Do not forget to brush your tongue or the inside of your cheeks.
Floss Once a Day
Brushing your teeth is not enough. Your toothbrush cannot reach below the gum line or in between the teeth, which is why you need to floss daily. It does not matter if you floss before or after you brush, but it is generally better to floss at night before going to bed.
Use an ADA-approved dental floss to clean in between each tooth. Insert the floss between two teeth and form a “C” shape around a tooth. Gently slide the floss to the gum line and back up to the crown of the tooth.
Eat a Balanced Diet
The foods and drinks you eat play a significant role in your oral health. Sugary and starchy foods increase your risk for tooth decay as they weaken the enamel. In addition, acidic foods also lead to weakened enamel over time. As a result, you should eat them in moderation to protect your teeth.
Eat a well-balanced diet to ensure your body and teeth have the right nutrients. A proper diet will not just promote strong healthy teeth, but support your immune system to decrease the risk for gum disease.
If you use tobacco, you have a significantly increased risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. If you smoke or use any tobacco products, it is important to stop as soon as possible to protect your mouth and body as a whole.
Maintain Dental Appointments
In addition to your preventive appointments, you need to visit your dentist as soon as you have a dental problem, such as a toothache or a broken tooth. The longer you wait to have the damage treated, the more extensive the damage will become. As a result, you will need a more costly and invasive procedure to restore the health of the tooth.
If you need dental services in between appointments or need to schedule a preventive appointment, contact our office today.