Your oral health can be impacted by multiple factors. At East Hills Dental Associates, we pride ourselves on helping patients maintain their oral health and prevent dental problems as a result. Here are some tips to ensure a brighter and healthier smile:
Brush and Floss Frequently
This may seem like the most obvious dental hygiene tip, but it is also the most important. Brushing and flossing your teeth and gums at least twice a day can help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Cleaning teeth after meals when possible removes bits of food that can get lodged between teeth. Flossing to clean between teeth prevents plaque and tartar from building up.
Use Fluoride Products
Using fluoride toothpaste, mouth wash, and other dental hygiene products that contain fluoride can help fight cavities and prevent decay. Fluoride found in municipal water is not only safe to drink but can also effectively combat tooth decay.
Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
Toothbrush bristles can bend out of shape over time, losing their effectiveness. Bacteria can also build up on toothbrushes, so it is important to replace your toothbrush every three months to ensure that it is working effectively.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Sugary foods and drinks can cause cavities if the teeth and gums are not brushed and flossed properly. Healthy foods benefit your physical and oral health. Calcium-rich dairy products can strengthen bones and fruits and vegetables stimulate saliva production to clean the inside of your mouth.
Schedule Regular Dental Visits
Visiting the dentist for a cleaning every six months can also help you maintain your oral health. Dental hygienists can clean areas of the mouth that may be difficult for patients to reach. Those with crooked teeth are at a higher risk for tooth decay since it can be difficult to clean between teeth. Straightening teeth makes it easier to clean teeth and offers a more balanced smile.
Request an Appointment Today
Maintain your healthy smile with these oral hygiene tips. Call East Hills Dental Associates for comfortable treatment at (516) 253-6873. You can also schedule an appointment with our professionals in Roslyn Heights, NY online here.