5 Tips for Increasing Your Dental Health

Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile, but even more important is having healthy, problem-free teeth and gums.  By following a few basic tips, you can maintain optimal dental health.

Keeping teeth clean is the most important step to maintaining dental health.  Make sure to clean gums and entire oral cavity.  Regular brushing and flossing are critical to keeping both teeth and gums clean and healthy.  Brushing and flossing remove particles that can become trapped in between teeth.  This can lead to plaque build up and gum disease.  The standard recommendation is to brush and floss at least twice a day.  Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging teeth and gums, or follow your Dentist’s suggestions.  Using too hard of a toothbrush can remove enamel from your teeth, leaving them unprotected and vulnerable to decay.  Flossing will help eliminate small particles from in between the teeth and keep your gums strong.

Regular visit to your Dentist for cleaning and x-rays is recommended every six months. Regular dental exams can help prevent existing problems from becoming worse, and help identify any potential future problems.  Preventative maintenance will not only help maintain a healthy smile, but it can also save you thousands of dollars down the road.  Developing a regular routine will make visiting your dentist a positive experience.

Maintaining a healthy diet is also important to your oral health.  Be sure to eat healthy foods and avoid too many sweets.  Reducing the amount of sugary snacks will help prevent cavities and decay.

Fluoride is beneficial to the enamel on your teeth.  If you do not have fluoride added to the water where you live, try an enhanced toothpaste to increase the strength of your teeth.

Cigarette smoking and other tobacco use can cause yellowing of the teeth, and diseases of gums. Avoiding smoking and chewing tobacco will not only benefit your lungs and health, but it will help to maintain your beautiful white smile

If it is time for a dental checkup for you and your family, make an appointment by calling Dr. VanderMolen and Advanced Dental Care today at (217) 546-3333.  Click here for more information on the general dentistry services available at Advanced Dental Care.

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