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Best Practices For A Healthy Smile

Posted by LONE STAR DENTAL CARE Nov 29, 2022

Your smile can light up a room, but it’s important to keep your teeth healthy. Practicing good dental habits can help prevent many dental issues. Here are some good oral care habits that can result in better oral health.

  • Brushing and flossing your teeth 

Consistent brushing and flossing habits are the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, as well as keep your smile bright and your teeth and gums healthy. When you have a proper oral hygiene routine in place, you can be confident that you are doing all you can to keep your smile healthy and beautiful! 

Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush your teeth gently at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Gently work the bristles along the gum line, and move back over each tooth in short strokes. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria from your mouth. Rinse with mouthwash to kill any remaining bacteria and freshen your breath. (The American Dental Association recommends using an alcohol-free mouthwash to protect your oral health, as alcohol can be drying to your mouth.) 

Besides brushing, you should also floss once a day to clean any food particles between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing is the most effective way to remove food particles and plaque from between teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. 

  • Regular dental checkups and cleanings

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and thorough cleaning. These appointments can help protect you from tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and other common issues. Your dentist can also catch problems early during routine visits and offer treatments to prevent them before they worsen.

If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, be sure to call our dental office to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

  • Eating a healthy diet

A healthy diet is essential for keeping your teeth healthy. When your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs, you may notice changes in your oral health. A diet that lacks in healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can increase your chances of developing gum disease or tooth decay.

For a healthy smile, you should consume a balanced diet. This includes eating plenty of calcium-rich foods, like dairy products. You should also consider limiting your sugar intake, as it can lead to cavities. Water is also an important part of your diet. Drinking water throughout the day helps to prevent dry mouth, which can contribute to bad breath. In addition, it helps to wash away bacteria that can lead to plaque buildup, stains on teeth, and even gum disease. Finally, limit your intake of acidic drinks like soda, coffee, and wine. Acidic beverages may contribute to enamel erosion. With a healthy diet in place, you can enjoy better oral health and a beautiful smile!

To learn more oral-care tips, schedule a consultation with Dr. Vahadi by calling at 972-335-7100. We proudly welcome patients from Frisco and all surrounding communities, including Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Prosper, The Colony, Carrollton, Lewisville, and more.

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