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Tips for a Healthy Smile at Home
Regardless of age, it is never too early to adopt an effective dental hygiene routine. At North Canyon Dentistry, our Glendale dentists go beyond in-office dental care to help patients learn the right way to care for their smiles at home. Here are some of our tips for keeping your smile healthy between dental visits.
When it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, consistency is key. Be sure to brush twice and floss once daily, using ADA approved toothbrushes and toothpaste that contains fluoride. For children, using themed toothbrushes as well as small, kid-friendly flossers can help instill the right hygiene habits early on, as well as help kids feel comfortable with the routine of daily brushing and flossing.
Watch What You Eat
Nutrition plays a significant role in the overall health of your smile at every age. During childhood, too many sweet snacks and sodas can increase the risk of developing cavities, which can lead to serious dental issues as baby teeth fall out and permanent teeth develop. Diet can also impact adult dentitions. Acidic food and drink can dissolve calcium out of surface enamel, leading to staining as well as enamel erosion and increasing the risk of dental decay. With these consequences in mind, limit your intake of sugary or acidic foods and beverages and increase your intake of smile-friendly fruits, vegetables, and dairy.
Avoid Risky Behavior
Smoking and alcohol consumption can increase the risk of serious dental conditions, ranging from cavities to oral cancer. Risky behavior isn’t limited just to these habits – clenching or grinding (bruxism), chewing on fingernails, and a myriad of other habits can also compromise the overall health and function of the smile. If you’re looking for help quitting tobacco, consider reaching out to your primary care physician.
Not only does staying hydrated help your overall health, it also contributes to the long-term health of your smile. During meals, drinking water helps wash away bacteria and left over food, preventing plaque from developing on teeth, and protecting gums and teeth from decay. For patients who suffer from dry mouth as a result of medication, drinking water can help spur on saliva production, lowering the risk of tooth decay. For children, water is a healthy alternative to nighttime glasses on milk or juice, protecting developing smiles from cavities.
Stick to Biannual Visits
Just as at home oral hygiene is important, so are regular visits to the dentist. During your six-month appointment, Dr. Mack and Dr. Janowski evaluate your entire smile, looking for potential cavities and other abnormalities in your dentition. We can then create appropriate treatment plans that ensure the long-term well-being of your smile.
Contact North Canyon Dentistry today to schedule your next dental appointment. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy, lasting smile.