Dental care tips to have a healthier smile

Dental care tips to have a healthier smile

Posted by DENTAL MAGIC O.C on May 19 2022, 01:48 AM

There are several reasons why a bright white smile is so important. Perhaps the most important reason is your health. A bright white smile is an obvious sign of good oral hygiene. But a smile that’s discolored or stained can also be a sign of poor oral health since those types of stains are typically caused by consuming foods, drinks, or tobacco products that stain the teeth. Here are a few tips for maintaining your oral health and having a bright smile. 

  • Brushing and flossing

Brushing and flossing are essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing your teeth with a toothbrush can help to remove plaque and leftover food particles from your teeth. Brushing should be done at least twice a day, for about two minutes each time.

Brushing helps to keep your teeth white by removing surface stains. This can also help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease from developing. After you brush, make sure to floss your teeth. Flossing helps to remove plaque and food particles that your toothbrush cannot reach.

  • Eating healthy foods

A healthy diet supports your oral health. When your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs, it can fight off infections like gum disease. Foods that are high in sugar can stick to your teeth, which can lead to cavities.

  • Regular dental checkups

Regular dental checkups are vital for protecting your smile. During these appointments, your dental team will perform an oral exam to check for signs of dental problems. These exams include screenings for tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. Your dental team will also clean your teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease. They may also use dental x-rays to check for problems with your teeth below the gum line.

  • Regular dental cleanings

Dental cleanings are among the most important steps you can take to maintain your oral health. The professional cleaning you receive from your dentist or dental hygienist helps by removing plaque and tartar from difficult-to-reach areas in the mouth.

Between your professional cleanings, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene at home. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and maintain a healthy diet.

  • Quitting smoking

Nicotine, which is found in cigarettes, is a vasoconstrictor. Vasoconstriction reduces blood flow, which decreases the amount of oxygen and nutrients that reach the tissues. Needless to say, this habit isn’t good for your teeth.

  • Using a mouthguard

Mouthguards protect your teeth from injury caused by sports and other activities. Guards also prevent nighttime teeth grinding. Mouthguards should be used for both children and adults. A custom mouthguard will provide the best protection for your teeth.

  • Replacing missing teeth

A single missing tooth may seem insignificant, but it’s actually very important that you get it replaced as soon as possible. In addition to making you self-conscious about your smile, a missing tooth can shift your remaining teeth out of alignment. Over time, this misalignment can cause problems with your bite and make it difficult to chew and speak.

  • Treating gum disease

Gum disease is characterized by red, puffy gums, bleeding when you brush or floss, and loosening or shifting teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, and even heart disease.

  • Limit sugary or acidic foods and drinks.

Foods and drinks high in sugar and/or acid can erode the enamel of your teeth, which makes them more susceptible to decay. If you do consume sugary or acidic foods, make sure to rinse your mouth with water to help wash away leftover particles.

Dental Magic OC & Braces offer personalized dental treatment and quality services to keep you smiling. For inquiries and appointments, call us at 949-916-8922, or visit us at 20025 Lake Forest Drive Suite 105, Lake Forest, CA 92630. 

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