It’s essential to visit your dentist regularly, which for most people is twice a year. Equally as important is how you take care of your teeth outside of the dentist chair. Not only should we be caring for our teeth for aesthetic purposes, but it’s critical to our overall health and to avoid serious health risks.
Wynnewood Dental Arts, a family dentistry near Bala Cynwyd, PA, recommends a consistent oral care routine in between trips to the dentist. In fact, these at home tips will keep your smile happy and healthy all year long.
Use the Right Tools – Good oral hygiene goes beyond brushing your teeth twice a day. Consider purchasing a dental care kit that comes with a toothpick, mouth mirror, tartar scraper, and plaque remover. Utilizing these tools will not only remove trapped food from between teeth, but it will also aid in removing plaque buildup.
Floss Floss Floss – Floss, just like a toothpick and plaque scraper, will remove germs and food particles from between the teeth, dramatically reducing the likelihood of cavities. There is also a risk of gum disease without properly flossing on a daily basis. You will need around 18 inches of floss to effectively floss up and down each tooth, as well as around the base.
Avoid Sugary Drinks – Not only does consuming soda, alcohol, and sugary drinks discolor your teeth, but it also runs the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Swap these beverages for water, or fruit infused water. Milk is also a good choice because it helps strengthen the teeth and their enamel.
Fight Bruxism with a Mouth guard – Bruxism is a serious condition. An individual continually grinds his or her teeth throughout the night causing headaches, muscle soreness, and possibly broken teeth. Without a mouth guard, the grinding of teeth will result in total tooth restoration. Purchasing a mouth guard is extremely affordable and saves you from costly dental bills involving broken teeth.
When you follow a strict dental care plan at home, our job at Wynnewood becomes easier and saves our patients from cavities and other painful dental issues. However, some pains cannot be avoided and Wynnewood Dental Arts offers emergency dentistry services in Philadelphia for toothaches, broken teeth, jaw injuries, amongst many more dental ailments.
To make an appointment or if you have a dental emergency, please give us a call 610-228-4452.