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5 Tips to Maintaining Great Oral Health

Brought to you by Dr. Dolores J. Baran, D.D.S. at Royal Oak Smiles

The best way to protect your oral health is to adopt good habits, such as brushing your teeth twice a day and seeing your dentist every 6 months. We know from experience that patients with the healthiest smiles are those that understand the value of preventive dentistry. It’s never too late to start taking control of your oral health, which is why we’re offering our 5 best tips for getting healthy teeth and gums.

Here are 5 tips to ensure the health of your teeth and gums that will last you a lifetime:

Tip #1 - Brush Teeth Twice Daily

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you brush your teeth twice a day. It's important that you are taking the time to brush thoroughly - 2 minutes should do it to avoid decay from forming.

Pro Tip: Use a Fluoride Toothpaste. It has long been recognized for its oral health benefits and protecting your teeth.

Tip #2 - Floss. Floss. Floss.

Plaque loves to hide where toothbrush bristles can't reach. That's why it's so important you floss once a day to remove plaque hiding in between teeth and along the gumline. Flossing helps prevent decay from forming in between teeth so you can avoid an unplesant surprise during your next teeth cleaning with us.

"You don’t have to brush your teeth –just the ones you want to keep!" – Unknown

Tip #3 - Avoid Sugary Foods & Drinks

Do your teeth ever feel fuzzy or rough? If so, you may be leaving behind dental plaque on your teeth. Plaque loves to eat sugar and uses it to produce cavity-causing acid. You may especially feel plaque on your teeth after eating sugary foods.

It’s important to check labels in the store since many foods we think are “healthy” aren’t good for your teeth. For example, some flavors of yogurt can have a lot of sugar. Likewise, sports drinks often contain more sugar than the average person would think. Limiting sugary foods and drinks will make it easier for you to avoid oral health issues.

Tip #4 - Avoid Smoking, Chewing Tobacco & Alcohol

Smoking is one of the most detrimental habits to your oral health. Smoking causes tooth discoloration, plaque/tartar build-up, gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer. Plus, it reduces your mouth’s ability to heal after an injury.

Similar to tobacco use, Alcohol can be devastating for your oral health. Alcohol dries your mouth, reducing saliva production which enables bacteria and plaque to flourish. A lot of alcohol is sugary and acidic which leads to tooth decay and eventually tooth loss. People who regularly consume alcohol are more likely to develop oral cancer than non-drinkers.

Tip #5 - Visit Your Denist Every Six Months

We recommend you have a teeth cleaning and oral examination every 6 months to protect your oral health. During a teeth cleaning, one of our dental hygienists will be able to gently scrape away plaque and tartar. Once plaque hardens into tartar, it can only be removed by a dental professional. Left untreated, tartar buildup increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Baran and our dental hygienists want to help you maintain a healthy smile. We offer teeth cleanings, oral examinations, and other preventive dentistry to our patients. To schedule your next teeth cleaning with us, call (248) 548-1440.

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