Do you want to take better care of your smile this year, so you can avoid common dental problems like cavities and gingivitis? If so, you may have already committed to sticking to a strict dental hygiene routine. But do you wonder what more you should be doing to keep your smile healthy? If so, it is time to talk to your preventive dentist. Only professional cleanings can help remove tartar buildup. While you are there, the dentist can also help advise you how to best care for your smile in between checkups and cleanings.
What your eat and how often you eat determines oral health
Many people know that cavities are often caused by diets high in sugar, and starchy foods. Yet they may not realize that both what you eat and how often you eat can affect your oral health, either positively or negatively. Since everything that passes your lips except water has some type of sugar in it. One single green pea or that slice of apple, or a teaspoon of milk that you put in your coffee will feed every plaque cell in your mouth. All so called healthy snacks are bad for your teeth.
For instance, the teeth and gums need nutrients like the rest of the body to stay healthy. In general, most people should strive to eat diets that consist primarily of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, dairy products, healthy fats (like nuts or avocado), and some grains, all of which supply great nutritional benefits.
Limiting sugar is equally important, as it can help prevent cavities and other dental problems by limiting the food source for plaque bacteria.
Why Preventive Checkups Are Important Too
Though dental hygiene can help prevent plaque buildup, it is not enough to completely prevent tartar, which is calcified plaque that can lead to acidic erosion and even gum disease. This is one important reason why regular checkups and cleanings are crucial.
For most patients, this means visiting the dentist once every six months, but for patients already struggling with problems like gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, more frequent checkups and cleanings may be necessary.