It is your choice whether or not to maintain healthy habits of oral hygiene. Moreover, if you are a parent, your oral hygiene habits serve as a model for your children to follow, making your own decisions even more important. However, taking ownership of your oral health will make for a healthier smile that makes you feel confident.
Here are a few tips you can follow to take charge of your oral health:
- Brush your teeth twice daily for about two minutes each time using fluoridated toothpaste with the American Dental Association seal of approval and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Also floss daily to remove food particles and bacteria from between your teeth and around the gum line.
- Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, while limiting your sugar intake—especially from sodas, fruit juice, and sports drinks.
- Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco. Using tobacco in any form increases your risk of oral cancer and, over time, also makes you more likely to develop gum disease. Electronic cigarette use also can be detrimental to your oral health.
Make sure to visit your dentist at least twice each year for cleanings and examinations. These visits are especially vital for children, to make sure their teeth and mouth are developing properly. A dental cleaning also will remove more tartar and plaque from your teeth that just normal brushing and flossing can.
Ask your dentist about other preventive care measures. Fluoride is an FDA-approved chemical that has been used for decades in the field of dentistry to fight tooth decay and cavities. Also, explore the possibility of sealants for your children. These sealants are bonded to the chewing surfaces of teeth; especially back teeth that children usually have difficulty cleaning.
Maybe you have neglected to take good care of your smile or you just need to whiten your teeth from years of stain. Either way, the family dentists in Boaz at Wall Street Dentistry can help. We offer preventive services that include complete oral examinations, dental cleanings to remove tartar buildup, sealants and fluoride treatments for kids, as well as an extensive periodontal treatment program to help stop the progression of gum disease. Whichever stage you are in, we can help get you back on track and take control of your oral health. It is never too late!
If, however, you have already suffered from the devastating effects of poor oral health, and as a result, have missing or severely damaged teeth, Wall Street Dentistry can help by offering tooth replacement options or restorative dentistry to repair those broken or damaged teeth. To get started and learn which treatments are best for you, schedule a consultation today!
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Let Wall Street Dentistry help you take control of your oral health. Contact our office at (256) 878-0525 today if you have any questions, or to learn more about how we can provide top-quality dental care for your entire family.
Wall Street Dentistry provides total oral health care for patients in Albertville, Boaz, and Guntersville, Alabama.