Prevention is the best way to protect your oral health, and good hygiene is the cornerstone of effective prevention. While most people are familiar with the basics of good hygiene, many can benefit from a refresher course, or from tips on how to improve their current hygiene techniques. To help you avoid serious dental issues and the need for extensive dental treatment, we offer a few tips on how to consistently practice better hygiene!
Pay attention when you brush and floss:
Even you brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, you may not be effectively cleaning your teeth if you aren’t paying attention. The motions can become second-nature, yet if you’re looking at the phone or doing something else at the same time, then you’re less likely to cover every surface of your teeth. That means you’re more likely to leave behind plaque that will calcify into tartar and become immovable until you visit your dentist.
Watch what you eat:
When you eat, the oral bacteria that hide in the plaque on your teeth eat, as well. Sugar is a common enemy to your teeth, as they feed certain bacteria that convert into acids that weaken your protective tooth enamel. If you snack on sticky, sugary substances several times a day, you’re subjecting your teeth to an increased risk of enamel erosion, tooth decay, and cavities.
Partner with your dentist routinely:
In addition to taking care of your teeth at home, good hygiene also means attending regular checkups and cleanings at least twice a month. Your appointments allow your dentist and hygienist to thoroughly clean away plaque and tartar, as well as carefully inspect your teeth for anything developing issues. Early detection and treatment can help you avoid extensive restoration even if you do develop tooth decay.
Improve Your Smile with Better Hygiene
Take better care of your smile with your dentist’s tips for better hygiene! To learn more, call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.