Maintaining dental hygiene can help you avoid bad breath, decay, and tooth sensitivity. Dr. Michael A. White, DDS can show you the importance of a good oral care routine and the steps to put it in place.
Between visits to a dentist's Chehalis, WA, office, there are some things you can do at home to keep great dental health. Patients can protect their smile by doing the following:
Mind your diet
Maintain your oral hygiene by not overindulging on sweets or harsh beverages. Try drinking less coffee, swapping water for soda, and forgoing dessert. Too many sugars cause cavities in the enamel of the teeth, and if left untreated, can cause severe pain, tooth loss, and even jawbone degradation.
Brush teeth at least two times each day
Brushing removes the bacteria and food that adhere to the teeth after you’ve eaten. Brush your teeth at an angle along the gum line, on the insides of your teeth, and on the surfaces that chew food. Take care to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day.
Avoid tooth decay and oral cancer by stopping this bad habit. Smoking and other methods of tobacco-consumption ruin your lungs and dental health, as well. Quitting tobacco also improves breath odor.
Food particles get stuck in places where it is difficult to brush, and this debris increases the formation of cavities and bad breath. Flossing prevents gingivitis and this formation of pockets around teeth. On a daily basis, floss between teeth with water picks or with manual floss.
Are you ready to learn more?
Although home oral care with these tips is simple, a professional cleaning from your dentist makes your smile stand out. To learn more, visit Dr. Micheal A. White’s practice in Chehalis, WA. Contact us at (360) 748-0168 to schedule a consultation with your dentist.