Best Practices for Healthy Teeth and Gums
Richview Family Dentistry wants to remind you of the basics for good oral health
Here’s a list of what you should be doing daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums:
- Brush regularly
- Brushing twice a day is one of the most important things to do for good oral health.
- Don’t brush too hard and don’t use a hard-bristled toothbrush.
- The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends using a soft-bristled brush and you should change it out every 3 months.
- Use fluoride
- Fluoride helps prevent cavities and is a common ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwash.
- Evidence suggests that a lack of fluoride can lead to tooth decay.
- Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from between the teeth.
- It can also prevent bad breath by removing debris and food between the teeth that brushing can’t reach.
- Don’t smoke
- Smoking harms the body’s immune system, can cause gum disease, and can also slow down the healing process after a dental procedure.
- Use mouthwash
- Some studies say that certain mouthwashes can benefit oral health by helping to control plaque and gingivitis.
- Limit sugary foods and starches
- Consuming too much sugar can lead to cavities.
- Starchy foods can cause tooth decay.
- The ADA recommends eating plenty of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables as well as dairy products without added sugar.
- Drink water instead of soda
- Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is the number one cause of cavities.
- The ADA recommends drinking water or unsweetened tea throughout the day instead.
- Make regular visits to your dentist
- It is recommended that you see your dentist every 6 months.
- The dentist can check for visual signs of cavities, gum disease, mouth cancer, and other oral health issues.
- A hygienist will clean your teeth and remove plaque and hardened tartar.
If it’s been a while since your last check-up or if you’re new to the area and are looking for a family dentist, call us. We love new patients at Richview Family Dentistry. Call us to make an appointment today at (931) 647-2243.