What Makes Up a Good Oral Hygiene Routine?
By Mark Kedzierski, DDS, PL
November 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Find out if you are truly doing everything you can to keep teeth and gums healthy.oral hygiene

We know that everyone wants to maintain a healthy smile that is free of decay and gum disease. Did you know that these two common dental problems are actually completely preventable with the proper care? Our Melbourne, FL, family dentist Dr. Mark Kedzierski offers up some simple everyday tips to follow to keep your smile feeling and looking its best.

Brush and Floss

In order to remove plaque and prevent decay, it’s important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Brushing and flossing will ensure that plaque, food and bacteria do not remain on teeth and gums. Make sure that when you brush that you spend time brushing all surfaces of your teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue to help keep your breath fresh.

Eat a Healthy Diet

The foods you eat can also impact your smile so it’s important that you truthfully evaluate your diet to see how you can tweak it. If you are someone who eats a lot of starches and sugars these foods turn into acid in your mouth, eroding enamel and leading to decay over time. This is why it’s important that you limit sodas, sugary treats, white breads and other white starches. Follow a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits and veggies, low-fat dairy products and lean sources of protein.

Consider Mouthwash

While the over-the-counter mouthwash you use may only mask your bad breath but not actually eliminate the source of your bad breath, there are antibacterial mouthwashes you can get from our Melbourne, FL dentist to help reduce plaque buildup, kill bad breath-causing bacteria and even tackle certain conditions like dry mouth. Fluoridated mouthwash may also help strengthen teeth enamel. Talk to us about whether your smile could benefit from a special mouth rinse.

Get Professional Dental Cleanings

Do not forget the importance of visiting us every six months for routine cleanings and exams. Even if your smile feels great it doesn’t mean that problems aren’t there. By coming in every six months not only will we get your smile that deep down clean it needs but also we will be able to catch problems early on when they are much easier to treat.

Don’t let your oral routine fall flat. It’s truly easy to keep a healthy smile and we can help. Call our Melbourne, FL, dental office today if you need to schedule your next routine cleaning with our dentist, Dr. Kedzierski.

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