By Eldersburg Dental
May 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral hygiene  

Let’s find out if your daily routine is helping or hurting your oral health.oral hygiene

Managing your oral health should be easy, right? Of course, many people don’t realize that little habits can make or break their smile. If you want to protect yourself from decay, gum disease and other issues down the road, our Eldersburg, MD, family dentists offer up some ways to keep your smile healthy and happy.

Brushing and Flossing

This seems obvious enough and yet you wouldn’t believe how many people still don’t brush and floss often enough, long enough or thoroughly. Make sure that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush your teeth, make sure you are brushing for at least two minutes each time. Making sure you get every nook and cranny of your smile is important.

Flossing will also remove food and plaque from between teeth much better than brushing can. Flossing is so important because without it reduces the risk of developing cavities or gum disease.

Visit Us for Routine Checkups

Even if you think you are doing everything possible to keep your teeth and gums healthy, it’s still necessary and important to visit our Eldersburg general dentist every six months for cleanings and exams. These exams allow us to make sure that your teeth, gums and jawbone are healthy and that there aren’t any issues or potential issues that could happen. Coming into our office for regular checkups is the best preventive care you can give your smile.

Eat a Balanced Diet

If what you eat affects your health then it should come as no surprise that it can also affect your oral health, as well. Your teeth and gums and jawbone need the same nutrients that the rest of your body does to stay healthy. Sugar, processed foods and refined carbs can all ruin your smile and increase your chances of cavities and gum disease. Avoid these trouble foods as much as possible to maintain a healthy smile.

Protect Your Teeth

Whether you are a teeth grinder or you play sports, there are many situations in which you should protect your teeth from potential damage. Wearing a mouthguard before playing a contact sport is vitally important for protecting your smile from a traumatic injury. Bad habits such as teeth grinding can also wear away at your teeth. Talk to us about creating a custom mouthguard that you can wear at night to protect your teeth from your nightly grinding habit.

Whether you have questions about caring for your smile or you need to book an appointment with us, Eldersburg Dental Group in Eldersburg, MD, is ready to provide your whole family with the individualized dental care they need.

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