A beautiful smile comes from dedication to at-home care. While receiving treatments at a dental office is essential in addressing abnormalities and complications, most dental issues are the result of neglect and are easily preventable.
Here are a few tips that will help you keep your smile looking its best in between visits to your dentist:
Brush twice daily. We can’t stress enough how important it is to brush every day without fail. Throughout the day, teeth accumulate plaque made of bacteria from food particles. Plaque left on teeth for more than 24 hours hardens into tartar, a calcified material that can only be removed with dental instruments. Brushing protects the teeth by removing plaque and keeping the smile shining beautifully.
Floss at least once a day. As an adjunct to brushing, flossing reaches the areas the bristles on a toothbrush are too large to reach. Flossing is essential in keeping the gums healthy by removing bacteria that can cause inflammation.
Rinse with non-alcoholic, antibacterial mouthwash. While brushing and flossing make for the foundation of at-home dental care, an antibacterial wash can set your routine over the top, protecting your smile from harmful bacteria and keeping your breath fresh.
Maintain a dental-friendly diet. This means avoiding added sugars, cutting back on how often you snack, and opting for fresh fruits and vegetables instead of candies and sodas. Bacteria feed on sugar and excrete an acid that damages enamel, leaving teeth susceptible to cavities and advanced decay. Fresh fruits and vegetables that contain high amounts of insoluble fibers act as interim toothbrushes, gently whisking away plaque and leftover food.
Avoid bad habits. Smoking or chewing tobacco regularly as well as using your teeth to open items are quick ways to damage and leave them susceptible to decay or infection.
Drink plenty of water. One simple, yet highly effective way to greatly improve your dental health is to ensure you get enough water. Drinking water removes food debris from the mouth and leaves the environment of the smile in a much more beneficial state. Water is also the main component in saliva, which kills bacteria and breaks down food particles naturally.
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Your smile’s health greatly influences its function and appeal. Find out more tips about keeping your smile looking and functioning its best by calling Dental Ambitions on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and scheduling a consultation with Dr. Jae Byun.