Your teeth are one of your best assets—and should be taken care of accordingly. Not only does a brighter and whiter smile set a great first impression, but it also indicates the overall health of your mouth. If you don’t have a personal dental plan, consider making one today. Here are important aspects you should include in your plan.
Daily oral hygiene
If you aren’t yet, get into the habit of brushing your teeth in the morning and evening. In addition, floss and rinse daily to rid your mouth of the plaque buildup and acid that accumulates throughout the day. Daily oral care will give your mouth the fighting chance it needs.
Know your overall health needs
Specific health conditions merit additional or different dental care. Be sure you inform your dentist if you have cancer, are pregnant, have diabetes, or any other major health condition.
Make sure that you eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of vegetables, fruits, protein, fiber, and whole grains. Avoid eating high sugary foods like potato chips, candy, donuts, cakes and other sweets. This will help keep harmful acid away from your teeth, thus helping decrease your chance of developing cavities. In addition, avoid snacking throughout the day. This creates more acid in your mouth which can bet the perfect breeding ground for cavities. If you do snack, make sure you brush soon after.
The negative health effects of smoking have long been reported and known, including throat cancer. Stop using tobacco products to help protect not only your overall health but your oral health and hygiene. Tobacco use can also create tooth discoloration and bad breath. You have nothing to lose except a bad habit.
Arrange a dental cleaning
Call Drs of Smiles today to arrange your dental cleaning. Regular dental cleanings will help your dentist apprehend potential dental challenges before they become too painful or expensive. Contact our office today at 480.834.6991.