The dentists at the Maplewood office of Henrickson Dental want to provide you with tips on how to have good dental habits at home. While dental appointments can provide thorough and comprehensive procedures and treatments to keep your teeth healthy and protected, the real work is up to you. Make sure to maintain good at-home general dentistry habits to prevent disease or decay.
Everyone knows that brushing teeth is important – but do you know how often you should brush, and what brushing techniques to apply? Most people brush their teeth twice a day, although we recommend three if you are experiencing plaque or other oral issues. You do not want to brush too hard, as you can strip the enamel from your teeth and leave it raw and sensitive to incoming threats.
Along with brushing, flossing is necessary for maintaining good at-home dentistry habits. Oral hygiene can be maintained with the proper flossing and brushing techniques daily.
Along with healthy hygienic habits, we also recommend that you maintain a diet that does not weigh heavily on dental health. Sodas and sugary drinks can cause an increased buildup of tartar, which opens a gateway to gum disease. A low sugar diet can help prevent invasive buildup on your teeth and gums, and can help you maintain strong enamel and a whiter smile. Try to limit snacking or junk food intake, as syrups and salts can have the same effect as sugar.
We know what’s bad for our teeth, but what foods can be good for general dentistry health? Dairy products, such as yogurt and some cheese, can strengthen enamel and reverse tooth decay. A buildup of calcium creates stronger teeth and bones. Fruits and vegetables are healthy options not only for the teeth, but for the entire body as well.
Come in for a general cleaning and checkup at Henrickson Dental in Maplewood. We can provide appointments and consultations to help you establish the health of your teeth. You will be given information and further guidance on how to establish healthy at-home general dentistry habits, ensuring that your teeth stay safe and protected from the threat of plaque, decay, wear, or infection. Home treatments can be simple and effective when applied daily; don’t forget to brush or floss to keep up with your healthy and happy smile!