6 Tips for Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

They say good health starts at home, and that’s certainly true when it comes to your smile. At Le Dentistry here in Norcross, Georgia, Phoung Le, DDS and Uyen Hoang, DDS partner with parents to establish healthy oral habits that can help prevent the pain related to gum disease and tooth decay.  

1. Brush twice, floss once

Twice-daily brushing helps prevent harmful, decay-causing bacteria from building up on tooth surfaces. Flossing once a day gets rid of the debris that collects in hard to reach spaces between the teeth and along the gumline. 

Brush in the morning and then brush and floss before bedtime. It only takes about three minutes twice a day and is a significant factor in preventing cavities and gum disease.

2. Take it down a notch

Make sure that you brush thoroughly, but not too aggressively, since excessive pressure on your teeth can wear down enamel and damage sensitive gum tissue. Worn enamel and damaged gum tissue increases the potential of cavities and gum disease.

3. Soft is usually better

Soft bristle toothbrushes are typically right for most mouths. Be sure to buy brushes that are sized correctly for your mouth, and replace them about every three to four months or sooner if the bristles begin to fray or show other signs of wear.

4. Opt for water instead

Good hydration helps maintain adequate saliva production. Saliva helps wash away food debris and bacteria responsible for plaque. Try drinking water rather than sugary or carbonated drinks that contribute to tooth decay. 

5. Include a little crunch with their meals and snacks

Everyone doesn’t know that good nutrition plays a vital role in preserving healthy gums and teeth from the inside. Adding fresh, crunchy fruits and vegetables to meals can also help from the outside. 

Fresh carrots, celery, apples and pears are natural teeth cleaners that also promote saliva flow. Cashews, almonds, and other nuts also provide a healthy, satisfying crunch that stimulates saliva production.

6. Partner with a dentist

You probably knew this tip was coming, but it’s imperative to have routine dental exams every six months with an experienced dentist.   

Your provider can detect early warning signs of improper brushing techniques, tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues that affect oral health. That’s when treatment is often the easiest and most effective.

It’s also vital to establish a connection with a dentist who is experienced at treating your unique needs and has the skills necessary to establish a trusting relationship with you.

At Le Dentistry, we focus on prevention and provide comprehensive dental services that keep stress at a minimum and treatments as painless as possible for children, teens, and adults. Schedule a visit today. Call the office or request an appointment via our online scheduling tool.     

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