No one has perfect teeth. However, you can prevent many dental problems with some simple oral hygiene habits. At Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, your dentists, Dr. Sharon Gilbert, Dr. Eric Gott and Dr. Joseph Pechter stress the importance of cleanings, check-ups, brushing, flossing and healthy diets. They're the first line of defense against tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health issues.
A strong smile through brushing, flossing and diet
It starts at home as a child and continues throughout life. What did Mom teach you about oral hygiene? Likely, it was good brushing habits and flossing, too. Then, she served a tooth-friendly diet. Are you keeping up with what you learned?
Here's how twice daily tooth brushing should look. Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. One with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance ensures good quality fluoride, whitening, breath-freshening and sensitivity ingredients as needed. Then, positioning your brush at a 45-degree angle, sweep the bristles back and forth gently, proceeding all around your mouth. Cover all tooth surfaces, and stay at it a full two minutes as the ADA advises.
Then, your Palm Beach Gardens dentists ask you to floss once a day. Choose the time, and be consistent. Flossing removes harmful plaque your toothbrush skips over. Pick a flossing product you like. Strand floss is the most common, but people also select Y-flossers, interdental brushes and water flossing devices such as the Water Pik. Whatever your choice, be gentle and thorough, moving your floss or other device up and down through interdental spaces and at the gumline.
Remember, too, that diet plays a huge role in dental health. It's a critical component of preventive care. Limit sugar, and increase calcium, low-fat protein, and fiber. Eat several servings of vegetables and fruits, and stay well hydrated.
Every six months
A semi-annual check-up and hygienic cleaning at Downtown Dental Care in Palm Beach Gardens is a great oral hygiene habit. Your dentist will inspect your teeth and gums for cavities, gum disease, failing restorations, dental bite and alignment and more. He or she will do a quick oral cancer screening, too.
Your hygienist scales your teeth to remove plaque and tartar. She polishes your teeth and takes digital X-rays at regular intervals to uncover problems between the teeth and below the gumline. These treatments are simple and play a significant role in keeping your smile healthy and strong.
How are your habits?
At Downtown Dental Care, we're happy to help all our patients establish their best oral hygiene routines. To arrange your semi-annual appointment, please call the office staff at (561) 220-7359.