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.
  • Floss
    • 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.