Find out if your daily routine could be helping or hurting your oral health.
A healthy smile isn’t just important for your appearance but also your health; however, not everyone provides their teeth and gums with the proper care they deserve. Our Cedar Rapids, IA, dentists, Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie, and Dr. Shannon Hingst, are here to offer up some helpful tips for how to maintain good oral health.
Your Oral Routine
- It’s important that you are brushing your teeth first thing in the morning and again at night right before bedtime.
- Always use fluoride toothpaste, which can strengthen tooth enamel and reduce your chances of decay.
- Also, make sure you are flossing once a day. Be gentle when flossing to prevent gum irritation or injury.
- Change your toothbrush head or toothbrush every three to four months (or after being sick). Scraggly, worn bristles can actually wear away tooth enamel.
Remember that even if your mouth feels and look fine it doesn’t always mean that everything is okay. Even if you’ve never experienced decay or other issues before, it’s still important that you visit one of our Cedar Rapids general dentists every six months for routine checkups and cleanings.
These checkups are the best way to detect cavities quickly so they don’t cause more serious problems for your smile. We can also provide you with tips and advice for at-home care to make sure you are doing everything you can for your smile.
Yes, what you eat impacts your oral health. After all, your teeth, gums and jawbone require certain nutrients in order to stay healthy and strong. Furthermore, sugar and starches can increase your chances of developing cavities. A diet that is rich in lean protein, fruits, and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy will provide your mouth with the vitamins and nutrients it needs. Also, avoid sodas, fruit juices, and sugary snacks.
Are you a smoker? Would you say you are a heavy drinker? Do you grind your teeth? There are many habits that can affect your oral health, even if you don’t notice it. While smoking can certainly cause bad breath, decay, and nasty discolorations it can also increase your chances of oral cancer (as can heavy alcohol consumption). Talk to us about ways to help you ditch these habits for good.
The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, is dedicated to providing you with the very best dental care possible. No matter whether you have questions about the services we offer or you need to schedule a cleaning, call our office today to learn more about what we can do for you.