When we take care of our smiles, we enjoy good oral hygiene and protect our teeth and gums from serious trouble, such as tooth decay and gum disease. But what can we do to maintain good oral hygiene from home? In today’s blog, we have tips for Kansas City, MO, residents to improve smile health from home, and we’re also going to talk about why a routine checkup and cleaning is a must.
Brushing and Flossing
The key to keeping your smile healthy from home is brushing and flossing. When you clean your teeth, you remove food particles from your smile, which reduces the severity of plaque buildup and protects your smile from tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush your teeth when you wake up and again before going to bed, for two minutes each session. You also need to floss every night before going to sleep, which removes the food particles your toothbrush cannot reach. When brushing, always be sure you’re using a toothpaste that contains fluoride, a naturally-occurring mineral that strengthens outer tooth enamel.
Healthier Snack Choices
When we consume foods high in sugar and starch, this leaves behind particles for bacteria to break down, a process that leads to plaque buildup and eventually weakens tooth enamel and inflames gum tissue. Try to enjoy healthy snack options, such as fresh fruit, veggies, nuts and cheese, low-fat yogurt, and sugar-free gum. Also, be sure to drink more water, which cleanses your mouth, hydrates your body, and contains no sugars or acids. Try to cut back on sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, and energy drinks. We’re eager to talk to you and your family about choosing the right foods and drinks to ensure a healthy smile!
Regular Summer Visits
Finally, be sure to schedule a visit for your family to undergo a checkup and cleaning. We will carefully examine your smile using advanced technology to identify problems areas in the earliest stages, treating them before they threaten your smile’s health and stability. We will also clean the teeth, which removes plaque buildup and reduces the risk of gum disease and cavities. For children, this helps ensure their smiles are ready for the coming school year. If you have any questions about keeping up your oral hygiene, or if you’re ready to schedule a visit for you and your family, then please let our team know.
Do You Need a Checkup and Cleaning?
If you haven’t made an appointment to see us this summer, then call today! To learn more about improving oral hygiene from home (and with routine office visits), then please schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.