Basic Home Care
As your dentist, I often view myself as a member of “your oral health team.” The success of you having no cavities and healthy gums is mainly determined by how well you practice good oral care at home.
Brushing your teeth twice a day with an ADA accepted fluoride toothpaste and flossing your teeth once a day is essential. Patients often say that they just don’t have time to floss. You can floss your teeth at any point in the day. Flossing is easier than ever thanks to the variety of flossing products, such as interdental cleaners, floss picks, and power flossers. These healthy habits are worth incorporating into your daily life.
Your choice of foods and beverages is another key to good oral health. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. A steady diet of sugary foods and drinks, including sports drinks, can ruin teeth, especially among those who snack throughout the day. Sugar mixes with the bacteria in your mouth to produce acid. The acid attacks the enamel on your teeth for up to 20 minutes. When sugar is consumed regularly, the harmful effect on teeth can be dramatic. Once a tooth decays, the enamel does no grow back. The only option when decay occurs is to see me to have the tooth treated.
Smoking or using tobacco in any form also damages your oral health. Not only does smoking and chewing tobacco place you at higher risk for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, but tobacco use can also cause periodontal (gum) disease. If you smoke and you are interested in quitting, we can talk about available treatment options and determine the best course of action for you.
By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet and having regular dental visits, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile for life. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at (209) 473-8884.