When it comes to oral health, to maintain a healthy smile an individual has to incorporate a rigorous oral health plan, which involves at-home discipline but also establishing and maintaining a close relationship with your family dentist.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) released the shocking statistic that 1 in 4 adults in the US has untreated tooth decay. Below, Audubon Dental Center goes over a few essential oral health tips that will help you avoid tooth decay and gum disease.
Brush the CORRECT Way
Brush in circular motions, instead of back-and-forth, and make sure to use a soft-bristle toothbrush. It’s also important to wait 20-45 minutes after eating or drinking sugary/acidic beverages before you brush, that way your mouth can neutralize harmful acids that act as abrasive agents when brushing right after a meal or soft drink. Make sure that you also stay consistent with your flossing routine.
Eat Clean, Whole Foods
Eating foods with processed sugars and carbohydrates will work against your teeth, while eating clean, whole foods (especially healthy, fresh vegetables) will in many cases help cleanse the mouth of bacteria. At the very least, veggies and clean foods will seldom do damage to your smile, especially in the face of practicing a good at-home oral health routine.
Keep Your Scheduled Check-Ups with Your Family Dentist
It’s important to remember to see your dentist twice a year at least for check-ups and cleanings, that way you can mount your best defense against gum disease and tooth decay. Avoiding the dentist also puts you at risk for having oral health problems down the road and becoming more vulnerable to experiencing a serious dental emergency.
Have a Plan for the Unexpected
Sometimes oral health emergencies happen, which is why it’s a great idea to have a plan in place for when those unexpected occurrences happen. At Audubon Dental Center we’re always here to lend a helping hand, especially intense situations where your oral health is at risk.
If you have any questions about how you can maximize your oral health for the long haul, contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation. Dr. Pantano has a long track record of creating and maintaining healthy smiles — for patients of all ages. Come see why so many families trust us with their oral health.