Visit Your Dentist Regularly
No matter how thorough you are in your hygiene routine on your own, you need to come to see Dr. Azmoodeh at least every six months for a checkup and a professional dental cleaning. Plaque can slowly build up over time, and once it has hardened, it is difficult to remove otherwise. These routine appointments stop bacteria from getting out of control in your mouth and gives us a chance to spot trouble early on—before it causes you pain or leads to a more serious situation.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene At Home
Staying on top of your oral hygiene routine is just as important as your regular visits to the dentist. When you brush, make sure you do it twice daily for two full minutes, and floss at least once a day. For extra help in controlling bacteria and strengthening your tooth enamel, you can rinse with an antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash. Taking care of your teeth and gums for a little bit of time every day is worth the effort so that you can enjoy a strong smile.
Stick to a Nutritious Diet
No matter how well you chew your food, some of it remains in your mouth, which means that bacteria can feed on it as well. They thrive on sugary, starchy foods, which means that if you overindulge in sweets, you are essentially increasing the number of harmful bacteria in your mouth. On the other hand, if you eat nutritious fruits and vegetables, such as apples, leafy greens, celery, carrots, melons, and more, you provide your body with the vitamins and minerals necessary to fight infection. These foods also promote saliva production, which helps rinse plaque and bacteria away. You should also consider avoiding hard, crunchy foods that can break, chip, or seriously damage your teeth.
Wear a Mouthguard
Do you play sports there an impact to the face might happen? Participating in some activities like football, rugby, or hockey obviously necessitates wearing a mouthguard to protect your smile. However, even sports like soccer or basketball may involve a blow to the mouth, which means you could benefit from wearing a custom mouthguard. In addition, a special mouthguard may be necessary before you go to bed to prevent teeth grinding while you sleep, a condition called bruxism.
Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth
As tempting as it might be to save a minute or two, never use your teeth to open packages or containers. Take the time to find scissors or whatever tool will help you so that you can spare your teeth from chips, cracks, or other damage.