Healthy Habits – Healthy Smile
Smiling, talking, eating… Your mouth plays a major role in your day-to-day functions. Therefore, it is important to ensure your mouth is healthy. In this article, Dr. Scott A. Gelder, a dentist in Cincinnati, provides tips to make sure your pearly whites are also healthy ones.
Checkups and Professional Cleanings
It is important to visit your dentist for checkups, as well as professional cleaning. Dr. Gelder recommends that patients visit his Cincinnati dentist’s office twice a year. During these visits, the patient will be checked for cavities, an X-ray will be performed, as well as an overall review of the mouth and teeth to ensure everything is healthy.
The professional cleaning is an important aspect of the visit. While you may brush and floss regularly, the buildup of tartar is inevitable. Tartar is plaque that has not been removed and has hardened due to saliva. Once hardened, it is impossible to remove with a toothbrush. Dentists in Cincinnati use special tools that help to pull the tartar away from the tooth. Visits to the office every 6 months are necessary in order to keep the buildup of tartar under control.
Checkups and professional cleanings should be combined with complete daily care to keep your mouth healthy. Dr. Gelder recommends his patients brush at least twice a day, especially before heading to bed. “Most of the damage will happen during the night, because the production of saliva will go down,” says Dr. Gelder. Therefore, flossing before bedtime is also highly recommended.
When brushing, patients should utilize fluoride toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association. One should stay away from toothpastes with baking soda, as this can be especially abrasive. As for mouthwash, there’s no need for it, according to Dr. Gelder. While it is good to use every so often, Dr. Gelder says it doesn’t do much for one’s daily routine. Mouthwash is typically used to make one’s breath fresher as well as aid in killing bacteria. But Dr. Gelder warns that it can also kill the good bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria help keep yeast’s under control and help breakdown food.
There are other habits one should also adopt in order to keep their mouth healthy. These include:
- Reducing soda consumption – regular and diet (the acid from both kinds cause damage to teeth)
- Staying away from sugary foods like candy
- Stop smoking
Developing healthy habits will go a long way in maintaining a healthy smile.
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