No matter how old you are, preventative dental care is important factor in maintaining a healthy smile. Regular checkups with your dentist and proper oral hygiene practices at home can help keep your smile bright for many years.
To prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities, we recommend:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth two to three times a day. This will help remove food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. Be sure to brush all surfaces in your mouth, including the top of your tongue, to keep your breath smelling fresh.
- Flossing between the teeth at least once a day will help eliminate decay-causing bacteria that can linger in areas of the mouth where a toothbrush can’t reach. Mouthwash can also help kill bacteria and fight decay. Using the two in combination will help remove plaque and food particles from hidden places, such as between the teeth and under the gum line.
- Eat a balanced diet-foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, and fruit can help keep your smile healthy. Try to avoid extra-sugary treats.
- Be sure to schedule regular professional cleanings with your dentist every six months
- Consider dental sealants, which are plastic coatings that are applied to the back teeth which are most difficult to clean and usually the first place that decay starts.
- Mouthguards are a great option for athletes looking to protect their smile.
If it’s been over six months since your last checkup, give Dr. Tang a call and schedule your next appointment.