Well, a new year has arrived! You’re probably busy thinking up a few resolutions. Why not resolve to keep your smile healthy? In today’s blog, we’re going to answer a few common questions about maintaining good oral health. Make 2018 the year you focus on your beautiful smile!
Frequently Asked Questions About Oral Health in the New Year
Question: How do I brush properly?
Answer: Brushing properly means reaching every available surface of the teeth, including the front, sides, and top surface. You can approach the teeth at a 45-degree to reach the top and sides, and use circular motions to properly clean the front of the teeth. Each session should last two minutes and you need to clean your teeth when you wake up and again before bed.
Question: Do I need to floss?
Answer: Yes! Flossing is vital, as it reaches the spaces between teeth that a toothbrush cannot, removing bits of food particles and in the process, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. You should floss your teeth every night before going to bed.
Question: How often should I have an exam?
Answer: You should have your teeth cleaned and examined every six months. These visits allow the dentist to look at your jaw joints, teeth, gums, and oral tissues for signs of tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease, TMJ disorder, bruxism, and even oral cancer. Identifying issues in the early stages can increase the likelihood of successful treatment. We also clean the teeth, removing plaque buildup, to help safeguard the smile against cavities and periodontal issues.
Question: Does it matter what I eat or drink?
Answer: Yes! A diet that includes foods and beverages high in sugar, starches, or acids can increase the likelihood of tooth decay forming. Instead, trying adding more fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as dairy products and nuts to your diet. These can make healthy snacks and jeep your smile in optimal shape.
Ready for a Healthier Smile in 2018?
We can discuss ways to keep your smile healthy and beautiful in the new year. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.