Your teeth are naturally made to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, most of the time, many do not accomplish this goal. There are various reasons that can cause your teeth to become damaged over the years, such as poor oral hygiene, bad food choices, and lifestyle factors. However, there are several easy tips to help you maintain a healthy smile to ensure your teeth last as long as possible. As your dentist in Allentown, Dr. S. John Salivonchik has simple tips to follow to promote the health and beauty of your smile.
Brush and Floss Daily
The biggest factor to influence the health of your smile is your home oral hygiene routine. We all know that we are supposed to brush twice a day and floss daily, but less than half of adults actually do it each day. Often, many tend to skip brushing and flossing because they underestimate the importance. Brushing and flossing remove plaque and tarter accumulations that can lead to cavities and gum disease.
You need to brush twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and soft bristled toothbrush. In addition, use a dental floss that is supported by the ADA to floss between each tooth once a day.
Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year
All too often, people only visit the dentist after a problem has developed. However, these dental problems could easily be prevented with regular trips to your dentist for cleanings and checkups. The ADA recommends everyone over the age of two visits the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. By doing so, you will ensure your teeth stay strong and healthy while preventing costly and invasive procedures in the future.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Have you ever heard the saying, “you are what you eat?” Well, that is true for your teeth, too. With a well-balanced diet that is full of vitamins and minerals, you will develop and maintain strong, healthy teeth. Stay away from foods that are high in sugar and starches. In addition, avoid foods that are known to cause tooth staining. Whenever possible, eat fruits and vegetables, while also choosing water over sodas and juices.
Cavities are the top dental problem, even though they are preventable. You need to use a fluoride toothpaste as fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter. In addition, avoid foods and drinks that are known to cause cavities, such as soda, candy, and sweets. Practice proper oral hygiene to remove bacteria and plaque that lead to the development of cavities while also keeping your teeth clean. We offer preventive treatments, such as fluoride treatments to help prevent cavities.
Enjoy a Healthy Smile
Your home oral hygiene routine is only half of what is needed to maintain a lifelong, healthy smile. You need to visit your dentist regularly for preventive care. Together, we will reach your goals for optimal oral health for a healthy smile.
If you need a preventive appointment or need to discuss your oral health, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.