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Preventive Dentistry 101: Tips From Your Dentist in Westminster

June 20, 2017

Filed under: General Dentistry — @ 8:16 pm

We all want to look and feel our best! With summer upon us, maybe you’ve started a new exercise routine, or perhaps you’re eating healthier. Have you ever considered what a few improvements to your oral hygiene at home could make to your smile? Your dentist in Westminster has some helpful tips on how to make the most of your home care routine!

Why is Excellent Home Care Important?

Now that we understand how that your periodontal health is directly linked with your overall health, we know that oral health is more important than ever. Studies have shown that the same bacteria that causes periodontal (gum) disease also contributes to other health concerns in the body such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.

Your dentist is your partner in achieving optimum oral health, but it actually begins at home with your brushing and flossing habits. Regular dental exams, and consistent brushing and flossing at home are truly your best defense against issues such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Proper Brushing and Flossing Techniques

Did you know that how you brush and floss your teeth is just as important as how often? Using proper brushing and flossing techniques ensures that you remove the most plaque buildup. Here are some tips for using proper brushing and flossing techniques:

  • Brush for at least 2 minutes, 2 times per day.
  • Use slow circular motions to gently remove plaque from your teeth, being careful not to scrub your teeth and injure delicate gum tissue.
  • You might consider investing in an electric toothbrush, which does the hard work for you and even times your brushing for the full 2 minutes.
  • You should floss at least once per day
  • Wrap the floss around two fingers and slowly move it up and down between each tooth in a c-shaped motion.
  • Use clean areas of floss for each tooth

A Healthy and Balanced Diet

Most of us understand that sugar is bad for our teeth, but did you know that eating more fruits and vegetables actually benefits your oral health? This is because they increase saliva flow, which helps to wash away food debris and other bacteria from your mouth. Fruits and veggies also neutralize the acids in our mouths that cause gum disease and tooth decay. When it’s time for your next snack, be sure to avoid sugary or starchy foods that promote plaque buildup, and reach for fresh fruits and veggies instead.

Regular Preventive Care With Sage Dental Care

At your six-month checkups we’ll screen you for issues such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. This ensures that you have the best opportunity to treat any of these issues with the least invasive treatment possible.

If it’s time for your next preventive appointment, give Sage Dental Care a call today to schedule.

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