By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
August 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Are you doing everything you possibly can to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy?oral hygiene

Most people go on autopilot when it comes to maintaining their oral health. Perhaps you figure that if your teeth and gums look and feel great that this is all it takes. Not so fast. Our Midtown Atlanta, GA, dentist Dr. Travon Holt invites you to put your oral hygiene under the microscope to see if you are doing everything you can to prevent decay and gum disease.

Here are just some simple measures you should be taking regularly:

Brushing

This seems like an obvious habit but when you really think about it, you may not be brushing properly or thoroughly enough. Think about your brushing habits. You should be,

  • Brushing at least twice a day (in the morning and at night)
  • Brushing for around 2-3 minutes each time
  • Brushing your tongue, which harbors a lot of bad breath-producing bacteria
  • Replacing your toothbrush head when the bristles start to fray (or after illness)

Floss

Flossing is the best way to remove plaque from between teeth. Even your toothbrush won’t be able to get into these hard-to-reach spaces like floss can. Remember to use a generous amount of floss and to use a clean section with every tooth.

Be gentle when using floss and never pull or snap it out from between teeth, which can injure soft tissue. Flossing once a day, preferably at night before bedtime, is the best way to keep plaque buildup down and to prevent it from hardening into tartar.

Diet

If you are wondering whether you are probably caring for your smile then you should take a cold, hard look at your diet. Do you eat a lot of sugary treats and drinks? Can’t live without sports drinks or sodas? Eat more junk food than you would like to admit? All of these things can increase your chances of developing decay or gum disease. By eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar and processed foods you can improve the health of your teeth, gums and jawbone.

Routine Checkups

Even seemingly healthy smiles require professional care from our Midtown Atlanta, GA, general dentist. Just because you aren’t experiencing any symptoms doesn’t mean that everything is fine. By coming in twice a year for checkups we not only detect issues right away when they are easier to treat but we also remove plaque and tartar buildup, which can reduce the likelihood that you’ll face cavities or other dental problems.

Do you have questions about your oral care routine? Need to schedule your next routine exam? If so, then it’s time you called Midtown Dental Studio in Atlanta, GA, to learn more about the preventive dentistry services we offer.

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