Taking care of teeth helps everyone to spend less time in the dentist’s chair, avoid costly dental procedures, reduce one’s chances of succumbing to bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth loss and unattractive tooth staining or discoloration. The added benefit comes when people enjoy better overall health and display a more vibrant smile.
Proper dental health care includes a combination of developing a relationship with a trusted dental professional, like the Oso Marguerite Dental team, and taking the necessary steps to properly care for teeth and gums at home.
Here are some important tips to follow:
Brush teeth at least twice a day using a back and forth and up and down motion and a 45 degree angle. Ensure that both the gum line and surface of the teeth are in contact with the bristles while brushing. Finally, brush both the roof of the mouth and the tongue to reduce bacteria. Use a fresh, clean toothbrush that is replaced at least every three to four months or whenever the bristles become frayed.
Flossing helps to remove food particles and plaque build-up between the teeth. Gently slide floss between the teeth, and use a “c” motion near the gum line and a gentle up and down motion to get the entire surface between teeth. Repeat this process between all the teeth, and pay particular attention to any teeth with little room between them and back molars. Flossing is most effective when done at least once per day.
While never a replacement for brushing and flossing, mouthwash can help to reduce bacteria and supplement healthy oral care. Discuss mouthwash usage with a dental professional to determine the right choice and proper guidelines for individual usage.
Avoid Nicotine Products
Nicotine products, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco, are a leading cause of oral cancer and many other periodontal diseases. Tobacco also stains teeth and leads to a less attractive smile. The best course of action is to avoid all of these products.
Reduce Consumption of Sodas, Coffee, Alcohol
These less healthy beverage options deplete the body of calcium, stain the teeth and often contain high amounts of sugar that contribute to tooth decay. Healthier choices include water and milk.
Consume a well-rounded diet
Vitamins and minerals including calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B, copper, zinc, iodine, iron and others contribute to stronger teeth, healthier gums and the overall health of the mouth. A well-rounded diet containing lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and limited processed foods contains these important nutrients and contributes to a healthier mouth and smile.
Visit a Dentist
Regular dental visits, including cleanings, examinations and emergency care as necessary are essential for a healthy smile. The American Dental Association recommends cleanings at least twice per year, and more often for some individuals. A qualified dentist, such as those with the Oso Marguerite Dental team, can provide recommendations for a healthier smile, detect any potential or developing problems early and reduce one’s chances of requiring more extensive dental treatments. Some medical conditions even present early in the mouth, and visiting a dental professional regularly helps individuals to become aware of these types of concerns and seek care from a qualified physician early for treatment. Developing a relationship with a dental professional also helps individuals to be seen sooner should a dental emergency arise and receive prompt, appropriate and cost effective care.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long should I brush my teeth?
Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes each time, morning and night is a great way to keep them healthy. Brush using short back and forth strokes on all surfaces of the teeth including the back teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and be sure to replace it every three months.
What are some tips for proper flossing?
Flossing is an important way to remove plaque and debris between your teeth. Make sure to floss at least once a day. Wind the floss around the middle finger of each hand, and push it between your teeth. Use caution not to push too hard so as not to injure the gums. Move floss up and down, and repeat in-between all teeth and behind your back teeth.
If I take care of my teeth at home, are dental visits really necessary every six months?
Yes, visiting Oso Marguerite Dental is an important step to take in protecting your oral health. Visits to the dentist provide you with opportunities to receive professional cleanings as well as important information that will help you to maintain a healthy smile. Additionally, tools are available to professionals that help to diagnose any dental health concerns early. This affords you more opportunities to seek treatment in the least invasive and most cost-effective way possible.
How can I schedule my oral health and wellness visit with Oso Marguerite Dental?
To schedule a visit with Oso Marguerite Dental, simply call our office. A friendly front office team member will provide you with the information you need and find a convenient appointment time that fits your busy schedule.