Managing your Dental Health

Managing Your Dental Health

Every dentist you’ll meet will tell you that you should visit their office at least twice a year—or every six months—for a routine exam and cleaning, and we’re no different. Why? It usually takes about six months for plaque to build up on your teeth and harden as tartar—and both forms can lead to tooth decay or gum disease if left untreated. By visiting our office every six months, we can help clean and remove damaging plaque and tartar, and prevent these common dental complications from arising. There are also ways you can manage your dental health at home—in-between these visits—to further prevent plaque buildup. By practicing the following dental habits, you can maintain healthy teeth for years to come:

Practice Dental Hygiene

Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste—once after you wake up for the day, and again before you go to bed. Doing so will help eliminate the bacteria that causes bad breath and also reduce the chances of plaque buildup! You’ll also significantly reduce your risk of developing cavities.

Also, remember to floss at least once a day; floss has the ability to clean the areas in-between your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. It’s also a great tool for removing small food particles that may get stuck in your teeth following meals.

Eat Teeth-Healthy Foods

Sugar is notorious for attracting plaque; for a healthier smile, avoid foods high in sugar, such as empty-calorie snacks like candy. If you must indulge, however, make sure you rinse your mouth afterward so you can reduce your chances of attracting plaque. Drink plenty of water too; it’s a great source of fluoride—a mineral that strengthens your tooth enamel and protects it from decay.

By simply following the above tips, you can maintain a healthy smile even outside of regular dental office visits!