Update Your Dental Hygiene Practices

June 9, 2021

A healthy smile starts with a proper foundation. Are you doing everything you can to keep your smile healthy? Our 06825 dentist has some simple tips to get you the smile you've always dreamed of. Protect your oral health by updating your dental hygiene routine. With some easy lifestyle changes, you can have the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve! Keep reading to learn basic oral hygiene tips from our 06825 dentist.

Diet & nutrition play a key part in your dental health journey. Sugary and acidic foods can be seriously detrimental to your teeth and gums. When sugar combines with salvia, a harmful bacteria is formed and creates biofilm. Biofilm sticks to your teeth, gums, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. This biofilm causes plaque and tartar, which then eats away at your healthy smile. Minimizing your consumption of sugary and acidic substances can protect your smile from further decay. Just like certain foods are harmful to your smile, other foods can be really beneficial to your smile. Things like fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy products, and even water all have major benefits to your smile. Choosing to incorporate these healthy foods into your daily nutrition can strengthen your teeth and protect your gums from damage. Healthy foods can add an extra layer of protection to healthy teeth and they can even help to wash away plaque. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can also help to clear food and bacteria out of your smile. Ask our 06825 dentist for more specific nutritional tips to help strengthen your smile.

Dental hygiene is also an integral part of maintaining your healthy smile. Some minor changes could make all the difference in your oral hygiene routine. Our 06825 dentist recommends brushing twice per day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash. These steps are the building blocks to a healthy smile, but they are not enough to keep your teeth protected from decay. Make sure you are replacing your toothbrush every three months to make sure you are cleaning your smile effectively. Your soft-bristled brush should not look frayed or worn down. You should also make sure that you are flossing correctly instead of just quickly running it through your teeth. Move the floss in a "C" motion around each side of your teeth. This will ensure that all food debris and plaque is removed from between the teeth. Adding an antibacterial mouthwash to your dental hygiene routine can help you achieve your healthiest smile yet. This step can promote fresh breath, reduce oral bacteria, and help keep your teeth white. Our 06825 dentist can recommend the perfect mouthwash to help you achieve your oral health goals!

Regular dental cleanings are necessary to help you maintain a healthy smile. When plaque hardens into tartar, it eats away at the enamel of your teeth. Tartar can only be removed through the process of scaling, which is done by our 06825 dentist at your routine visits. Dental cleanings should be performed every six months to keep your teeth clean. Some patients may require more frequent cleanings if they are particularly prone to oral health issues. Some people living with chronic health issues like diabetes or heart conditions may be at a higher risk for oral health problems and may need dental cleanings more often. Pregnant women may also be at a higher risk for oral health issues like gum disease and gingivitis, so more frequent dental care may be recommended. To learn more about your unique oral health risks, schedule a consultation with our 06825 dentist.

Find out how you can achieve your healthiest smile yet by scheduling a visit with our team. Call our office at (203) 335-6471 to book your next visit! We look forward to helping you build a healthy and beautiful smile that will last a lifetime, so call our team today!

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