NORTHAMPTON, EAST LONGMEADOW AND SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS-Even though your dentist has probably stressed to you on more than one occasion the importance of maintaining good oral health, it can be confusing as to where to start.
“Keeping your smile healthy doesn’t have to be complicated,” said Dr. Vincent Mariano, a Northampton dentist who specializes in prosthodontic services like dental implants. “There are a number of quick and easy habits patients can implement into their daily routine.”
Below is a list of several tips you can follow to help protect your teeth and gums from harm:
- Avoid sugary foods and beverages, like sport drinks, energy beverages, sodas and sweets. Consuming these types of products can lead to cavities and enamel erosion.
- Brush twice daily using a circular motion and fluoride toothpaste.
- Receive a professional cleaning from your dentist or dental hygienist every three to six months.
- Speak to your dental professional to see if dental sealants could be beneficial for you. Sealants are made of a composite material and when applied to the surface of teeth, they protect against decay.
- Abstain from using tobacco products. Cigarettes, chewing tobacco and other tobacco commodities can increase your risk of suffering from periodontitis and oral cancer.
- Gently floss between teeth once daily.
- Speak with your dental professional to see if a fluoride regimen is right for you.
- Replace your toothbrush regularly, at least every two to three months.
- Stay away from alcohol, as it’s also a risk factor for oral cancer.
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups, and screenings for oral cancer, periodontitis and gingivitis.
- Wear a mouth guard when you play sports. Misaligned teeth are harder to take care of, so if you have an irregular bite, consider getting braces. If you want straighter teeth without the appearance of traditional metal braces, talk to Dr. Lisa Emirzian, Amherst braces provider, about whether Invisalign Teen or Invisalign is right for you.
Practices such as the ones listed above can not only aid in preventing a myriad of problems, but also help catch many oral health issues before they worsen.
The state of your oral health is crucial because it determines the physical appearance of your smile and can also affect your overall health.
Despite any preexisting or current oral health conditions you have, it’s never too late to begin an oral health routine. Your first step toward a beautiful, healthy is smile is just a phone call away. Call your dentist today for an oral health regimen that is tailored to your specific needs.
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