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Best Oral Care Practices For A Healthy Smile

Posted by YGNACIO DENTAL & ORTHODONTICS on Sep 13 2022, 10:57 PM

Best Oral Care Practices For A Healthy Smile

Wish to achieve the best oral health? Looking to learn ways to improve your oral hygiene habits? Here are our tips:

  • Brushing and flossing

Your at-home oral care routine is important. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day will help keep your smile looking and feeling its best. You should brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. It’s important to brush all surfaces of your teeth. Start with your molars, working your way down toward your incisors. Also, brush your tongue to remove bacteria that can contribute to bad breath. Besides, flossing once a day at night is important to remove food particles and plaque that are stuck in between the teeth. Talk to your dentist about the right brushing and flossing technique to keep your mouth healthy.

  • Regular dental checkups

A dental checkup is a simple but important way to protect your smile. Your dental checkups typically include:

  • Examination of your teeth, gums, and oral cavity
  • Dental cleaning
  • Digital X-rays
  • Preventive treatments, including fluoride and sealants
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Corrective treatments

These preventive treatments can protect your smile by strengthening tooth enamel or protecting tooth enamel from erosion. They also lower the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Regular dental checkups are one of the most important things you can do for your oral health. Every six months is recommended, but some people may need to visit more frequently, depending on their dental health.

  • Eating a healthy diet

Your diet plays an important role in your oral health. A healthy diet full of vitamins and minerals will help your body stay healthy overall, while an unhealthy diet high in sugar and carbohydrates can affect your oral health. Eating a balanced diet and limiting sugar intake can help your smile stay strong.

  • Avoiding oral piercings

Oral piercings come with an array of health risks, including fractured teeth, nerve damage, gum disease, infection, and bleeding. Even tongue piercings, which are less common than lip and cheek piercings, can cause issues with chewing, speech, and digestion.

  • Quitting smoking

Smoking can lead to a host of oral health problems, including oral cancer, tooth decay, and gum disease. The best way to improve your smile, and your overall health, is to quit smoking.

  • Using mouthguards when playing sports or participating in recreational activities

If you are an athlete or enjoy participating in recreational activities, you should consider wearing a custom-fit mouthguard. Mouthguards protect your teeth and mouth from injury and protect against damage, cracks, chips, and fractures. Custom-fit mouthguards are much more effective at protecting your mouth from damage than store-bought boil-and-bite mouthguards.

  • Using a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night.

A nightguard is a custom-made dental appliance that you wear while you sleep. It’s designed to protect your teeth from the wear and tear of nighttime grinding. Grinding your teeth can lead to jaw pain and damage. If you grind your teeth at night, a nightguard can protect you from further dental damage. As a result, you won’t have to worry about broken teeth, fractured teeth, and other damage.

Ygnacio Dental & Orthodontics is located at 1766 Lacassie Ave, Suite 101, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Call (925) 280-2848 to schedule an appointment or to learn more tips for improving your oral health.

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