Every six months we like to see you for a checkup and cleanings to keep your smile strong and healthy. However, in between these visits you need to care for your smile from home to avoid issues like tooth decay and gum disease. In today’s blog, your Celina, TX, dentist is talking about the importance of routine brushing and flossing.
The Dangers of Plaque and Tartar
Over time, a combination of foods and drinks high in sugar and starch, and poor oral hygiene habits, could enable plaque buildup to accumulate and coat your teeth. This bacterial byproduct is difficult to remove with brushing and flossing alone, and could eventually harden into tartar. The buildup not only weakens the enamel to cause tooth decay, but can inflame gum tissues to cause gingivitis and gum disease. The buildup is also linked to teeth stains and bad breath. To control the buildup, you need to take good care of your smile in between your six-month checkup and cleaning visits.
Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth
Daily brushing and flossing help control how much plaque can accumulate. These steps remove food particles to deprive bacteria of a meal. You should brush when you wake up for about two minutes, and do the same before going to bed that night. Each time, be sure you use a fluoride toothpaste, as this strengthens the outer enamel. You also need to floss every evening, as this removes what a toothbrush alone cannot. Move the tape up and down each side of every tooth, running up and down the entire length and moving below the gum line in a “c” motion. Our team would be happy to discuss tips for better homecare!
Eating a Healthier Diet
Remember, sugar and starch could feed bacteria and make buildup more severe. We suggest eating fewer sugary items, and instead adding more fresh fruits and vegetables, calcium-rich cheeses, and whole grain items to your diet. Drink more water, which helps cleanse your smile and contains no sugar or acids. In fact, your tap water even contains fluoride to protect your smile! Cut back on beverages like soda energy drinks, or sports drinks, all of which are linked to a higher cavity risk.
Common Signs of Trouble
In between your visits, be sure to let us know if you encounter tooth sensitivity, toothaches, or sore, bleeding gums. These are often indicators of issues like tooth decay and gum disease, and should be addressed right away. If you have any questions, give our team a call!
Talk To Your Celina, TX Dentist’s Office About Homecare
Our team is ready to work with you and help you enjoy optimal oral health. To find out more about preventing oral health troubles, contact your Celina, TX, dentist, Dr. Ganjoor, by calling (214) 851-0130.