June 25, 2016
Welcome back to the ongoing dental blog of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC! Today, we would love to remind you about the few things you should be doing to take care of your smile at home. While these are not complicated tasks, many patients forget to perform one or more of them on a regular basis.
The way you treat your smile at home is incredibly important for maintaining a healthy smile. You simply cannot ignore these recommendations AND have a beautiful, healthy smile to show off! Please contact our team if you have any questions about these recommendations, how they are truly beneficials, or how you can perform them properly. We would be happy to assist you.
With further ado:
Step One: Brush Your Teeth Twice Per Day
While this seems like a no-brainer, you would not believe the number of people who simply forget to brush twice or just are good about brushing their teeth at all! And lots and lots more do not do it properly! We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day to rid your mouth of debris and bacteria that may build up and cause decay and disease.
When brushing, we recommend using a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles. This is important because something with a larger head and stiff bristles may not be able to reach all of the nooks and crannies of your mouth. A small head and soft bristles will give you better access. We also recommend brushing a a circular motion for about two minutes. This will give you a nice clean that will help you ward off dangerous buildup.
Step Two: Floss Your Teeth At Least Once Per Day
Another seemingly no-brainer that many people simply ignore. Flossing is simply underrated … people simply do not understand the importance of flossing every day! Flossing every day will remove debris and buildup from in between your teeth that your toothbrush just can’t reach.
To floss properly, simply hold two ends of a long piece of floss in your hands, maybe even wrapping the ends around your fingers. Almost any kind of floss will do the trick (ask our team for recommendations). Then simply slide the floss in between each of your teeth. Don’t skip any! Doing this every day will help you avoid decay and disease.
Step Three: Eat A Healthy, Balanced Diet
Many people also underestimate the importance of a healthy diet! Many of us eat lots of sugary snacks on a regular basis … and these snacks are terrible for your teeth! But did you know that other unhealthy foods can actually indirectly affect the health of your smile? When you don’t eat healthfully, your body can’t fight off disease and heal itself properly. However, if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables, your body will be better at fighting off all sorts of problems, including disease and decay in your mouth.
If you need help determining what you should eat for a healthy smile (and total body!), please contact our team. We would be happy to offer advice.
Step Four: Maintain A Regular Cleaning And Exam Schedule
While this step is not something you can actually do in the comfort of your own home, it is VERY important for maintaining and healthy smile … and you can make the appointments whenever it is convenient for you! Regular checkups are important for catching and treating any small problems that do come up.
Despite your best efforts, small instances of gum disease or even tiny cavities can occur. This can be due to genetics or simply human error. Either way, our team can find and treat these problems before they become larger, more painful, and more expensive to treat. Don’t put off your biannual appointment!
Make An Appointment
Overdue for a checkup? Think you may have a dental problem? We can help you. Call our Belleville, IL dental office today at 618-219-1412 to use our online form to book a visit. We look forward to working with you.