General dentistry has come a long way in the past few decades to provide a myriad of treatment options to enhance smiles and help keep teeth healthy enough to last a lifetime. While your dentist can assist you in many ways, it is the responsibility of the individual to do all they can to maintain great dental health.
Healthy Dental Habits
Your dentist wants you to visit every six months (or as recommended) so plaque can be removed from teeth. Dental plaque can lead to tooth decay and the onset of gum disease; and once plaque forms on teeth the only way to get rid of it is with a cleaning by your dental provider.
You should brush your teeth at least twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste. Flossing daily is needed to remove what your toothbrush missed; and will help keep gum tissue invigorated for good dental health. If prescribed, use a fluoride or antibacterial rinse.
Food choices are important to dental health. Foods high in carbohydrates and sugar lend themselves to plaque build-up. Stick to fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein, and healthy grains for daily sustenance. An occasional treat is ok, but should not be part of a healthy daily diet.
Pitfalls to Avoid
Soda and sugary beverages taste fabulous, but they can wreak havoc on your dentition. If you are going to drink one, consume with a meal – don’t sip over an extended period. When you drink with food, saliva helps to keep teeth flushed naturally.
Snacking is permissible, but some snacks are better for you than others. Finger foods like cut up veggies or fruits like grapes or berries are easy to transport and grab for a quick pick me up. Proteins like cheese or nuts are better for you than chips or cookies.
Tobacco use in any form is detrimental for your oral health. Gum disease and tooth loss is much more pervasive in patients who smoke or chew tobacco.
Teeth are needed to last for our lifetime. So we need to do everything possible to keep them healthy and looking their best. This care begins in infancy and requires diligence in many aspects of life. While your dentist will do everything possible to help care for your teeth, it is up to the individual to do their part in order to maintain great oral health.
If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam, contact the office of Dr. Amy Durisin today!