Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?
Would you like to hear good news the next time you visit the dentist? Good oral hygiene habits can help you avoid cavities and gum disease. Fayetteville, GA, dentists Drs. Edwin Richardson and Jonathan Robinson of Dental Traditions explain how your oral hygiene habits can protect your smile.
Brushing keeps your teeth bright and healthy
Brushing your teeth removes minor surface stains, but most importantly, regular brushing gets rid of plaque. Although you can't see plaque, you've probably felt it if you've ever noticed that your teeth felt a little rough. When sugary or carbohydrate-rich foods comes in contact with plaque, a chemical reaction occurs that creates strong acids. The acids attack your tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay. Luckily, brushing with a toothpaste that contains fluoride can strengthen your enamel, reducing your cavity risk.
Have you ever developed a cavity even though you brushed every morning and evening? You may not have spent enough time brushing your teeth. It takes about two minutes to remove every trace of plaque from all of the surfaces of your teeth.
Flossing isn't optional
Many people are more diligent about brushing than flossing. In fact, only 40 percent of Americans floss every day, according to the American Dental Association. Floss removes the plaque that forms between teeth and also gets rid of tiny food particles that can cause bad breath. When plaque forms on the gum line, it soon turns into hard tartar, a deposit that can cause gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing removes plaque, preventing tartar from ever forming.
The right snacks help keep your smile plaque-free
Do you choose candy or chips from the vending machine when you need a snack? Those snacks may satisfy your hunger, but they aren't the best choice for your teeth. Carrots, apples or celery offer a healthier choice, plus these vegetables help remove plaque from your teeth naturally.
Regular checkups are a must
Scheduling checkups at six-month intervals is a simple way to improve your oral health. During your visit to our Fayetteville office, the dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, plus you'll receive a thorough dental examination. Regular visits make it easier to detect and treat gum disease and tooth decay before they can cause serious damage to your teeth and gums.
Protect your smile with a good oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist. Call Fayetteville, GA, dentists Drs. Edwin Richardson and Jonathan Robinson of Dental Traditions at (770) 487-9797 to schedule an appointment.