While there are a number of fantastic restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures and tools out there to rejuvenate your smile, good dental care is really all preventative. After all, the popular adage says “the best offense is a good defense,” so why not defend and protect your smile?
Dentists everywhere all agree that maintaining good home dental hygiene care is essential to the fight against gingivitis, gum disease, and other oral health dangers. But is the prevention of a confrontation really a fight, or a just a barrier blocking the advance?
Answer: It is tough to say. Many dental patients have proven that a good daily brushing and flossing regimen can stave off problems, but just as many have disproven it.
But how can that be?
Well, for every good wooden fence, there are always panels that were not assembled correctly. Patients might not be brushing or flossing all the appropriate areas, or might be doing so incorrectly or even with the wrong tools. (Dental Tip: use a toothbrush and floss, and replace each on a regular basis)
The best way to ensure that you are using the right techniques and tools for the job is to seek out the assistance of your local dentist or cosmetic dentist. They (or at least a dental assistant) will be able to sit down with you to discuss the proper way to brush and floss your teeth. In fact, dentists recommend that patients visit their offices for a dental cleaning and examination every six-months to make sure that no build-up occurs on your teeth and gums.
So what can we do to defend our smiles?
This might sound a bit like a record caught on repeat (or an iPod stuck on repeat for more high-tech readers) but the best defense is to brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly. It also tends to help if you use mouthwash at least once a day to clear out excess germs in your mouth.
Eating more fruits, veggies, and other healthful foods are a great way to protect your overall health as well as your smile. Sugary, acidic foods such as candy and coffee are much more likely to damage your teeth and harm your health, so they should be had less often. While your local dentist isn’t your general physician, it is well known that your oral health ties in with your overall health, so take this under advisement!