You can prevent gum disease and decay by practicing good oral hygiene.
While having a radiant smile is certainly nice, it’s just as important that you are doing what you can to keep your smile healthy. How is your at-home dental routine? Perhaps it could use a little improvement. While our office is temporarily closed for routine checkups due to Covid19, our Miami, FL, dentists Dr. Richard Romay, Dr. Martha Barrera and Dr. Isis Sosa want you to have the best at-home dental practices possible to prevent problems.
Here are some of the ways that your at-home routine could benefit you and your smile,
- Fresh breath
- Reduced risk for decay
- Fewer trips to the dentist’s office
- Reduced risk for gum disease
- Promoting healthy natural teeth and reducing the need for false teeth or restorations
- Beautiful white, healthy teeth and pink gums
- Less oral and systemic inflammation
- Reduced risk for oral cancer, stroke, heart disease or heart attack
How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
How you care for your smile starts with you. In fact, your habits and practices will go a long way to supporting healthy teeth and gums. Here are some of the fundamentals of good at-home oral hygiene,
- Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing daily, ideally in the evening right before bedtime
- Rinsing your mouth out between meals or after snacking
- Visiting your Miami general dentist for routine checkups (twice a year)
- Quitting smoking
- Reducing alcohol consumption
- Eating a diet that is low in sugar and starches
- Staying hydrated
- Not using your teeth as tools (to open packages or pop off bottle caps)
Want to know if your brushing technique is up to snuff? The American Dental Association has an informative video to make sure that you know how to use and angle your toothbrush for an optimal clean. We also know that some people don’t floss as often as they should, so if you’re now adding this habit to your routine you may have questions. While we are happy to answer your questions you may also find this step-by-step flossing guide from the ADA equally as helpful.
It’s now more important than ever that you are properly caring for your teeth and gums, because the last thing you want to deal with is cavities or an infection. Of course, if a problem does arise know that you can turn to our dentists for immediate care. Call Design a Smile in Miami, FL, at (305) 667-8887.