Tips To Maintain A Healthy Smile

Tips To Maintain A Healthy Smile

Posted by WOODRUFF FAMILY DENTISTRY on Sep 28 2022, 01:08 AM

Wish to know how to maintain optimal oral health? This blog is for you. Read on to learn a few tips that will help you maintain good oral health:
  • Brushing your teeth
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day keeps your teeth clean. This can help prevent cavities, reduce plaque buildup, and help remove food particles from between your teeth. Use an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. 
  • Cleaning your tongue
Your tongue is home to millions of bacteria. The back of the tongue tends to be the most bacteria-filled area. Make sure to gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
  • Flossing regularly
While brushing your teeth twice a day is a good way to maintain the cleanliness of your smile, flossing your teeth regularly is also important. Flossing removes bits of food trapped between your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. These bits of food can lead to cavities, so flossing can help you avoid tooth decay.
  • Regular dental checkups
Regular dental checkups are important for identifying and treating any oral health issues before they get worse. During a visit, your dentist will clean and polish your teeth, examine them, take X-rays, and check for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other possible issues.
  • Eating a healthy diet
Sugary beverages like soda and juice are some of the worst things for your smile. The sugar in sodas and juices sticks to your teeth. The sugar then turns into plaque. This plaque isn’t easily removed with brushing alone. Instead, it needs to be scraped from your teeth by a dentist. Also, consider limiting your soda intake to special occasions. If you do drink soda, rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth after you finish drinking.
  • Quitting smoking and tobacco usage
Smoking and chewing tobacco are both extremely detrimental to your oral health. They can cause staining, bad breath, gum disease, mouth sores, and oral cancer. If you enjoy smoking or chewing tobacco, you should visit your dentist to discuss other ways you can kick the habit.
  • Protecting your teeth from injury
If you are playing sports or doing other physical activities, make sure that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. A mouthguard should be worn during any sport or physical activity where there is a chance that you could experience a blow to the face or mouth. 
Our staff at Woodruff Family Dental is available to assist you and your entire family in taking care of your oral health. Call (870) 972-8190 to schedule your appointment as soon as possible. Come see us at 2800 Enterprise Cv, Jonesboro, AR 72401, or send us an email.

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