How you care for your smile now could tell you a lot about your oral health for the future.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. While he might have been talking about fire safety at the time this quote can most certainly apply to your oral health, as well. While it might seem much easier to care for your smile once an issue arises, isn’t it much less of a hassle to give your smile the care it deserves all the time so that you don’t have to deal with unexpected problems? Our Lexington, KY, dentists - Dr. John Thompson, Dr. William Lee and Dr. Pada Chalothorn - think so, too. Here are some helpful tips for how to prevent decay and other issues from affecting your smile.
Brush Teeth Regularly
Remember that the best way to keep plaque from building up on your teeth and gum line is to brush your teeth. While brushing your teeth after meals is the best way to keep your teeth clean, brushing twice a day for about 2-3 minutes at a time is all you’ll need to keep your smile looking and feeling its best. Always opt for an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste, which will keep enamel healthy and strong.
Remember the Importance of Flossing
Flossing is one component that often gets overlooked but is the most effective way to clean between teeth. Your toothbrush won’t be able to get into all those nooks and crannies like floss can. Flossing once a day right before your brush each night can keep plaque and tartar from forming between teeth.
Know When to Replace Your Toothbrush
A toothbrush head is not supposed to last forever. So how long should a toothbrush head last? While the average is about 3-4 months, you’ll want to take a look at those bristles. If they are fraying, it’s time to get a new toothbrush head. You should also replace your toothbrush after getting over an illness.
Stay Away from Cavity-Causing Foods and Drinks
Sugar and processed carbs can increase your chances of cavities. Stay away from foods and drinks like sports drinks, white breads and desserts that could cause decay. Instead, fill up on foods like whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits, and lean proteins, which will give you all the nutrients you need to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
See your Lexington Dentist for Routine Care
No matter how healthy your smile seems you still need to come in twice a year to get a professional cleaning and a thorough exam. During these exams, we can remove plaque and tartar buildup, prevent decay, check for cavities and treat any issues. We can also catch and monitor issues before they occur so that you don’t have to deal with expensive corrective procedures down the road.
Whether you need to schedule your six-month cleaning or you have questions about how to care for your smile, know that the general dentists at TLC Dentistry in Lexington, KY, are always here for you no matter what.