Preventing cavities and gum disease isn't as difficult as you might think. Good oral hygiene, coupled with regular visits to your Cordova, TN, dentist, Dr. Jason Botts of Botts Dental Spa, helps you maintain a healthy smile.
Good oral health starts at home
Keeping your mouth and teeth free of plaque and tartar is the simplest way to maintain good oral health. Best of all, you don't need any expensive tools or devices to get rid of plaque. A soft-bristled toothbrush and 18" piece of dental floss remove plaque from tooth surfaces and the areas in between teeth.
Plaque is the clear, bacterial film that constantly coats your teeth. Brushing your teeth twice a day removes the film before it can cause cavities. Plaque soon turns into hard tartar if you're not a thorough brusher or flosser. Both plaque and tartar irritate your gums and can cause gum disease.
Following these home care recommendations can help you protect your smile:
- Stick to Your Routine: If you forget to brush at night or neglect to brush your teeth on a lazy Saturday morning, the amount of plaque in your mouth increases substantially. Brushing morning and night and flossing once a day helps you keep plaque under control.
- Check Your Tools: A toothbrush, toothpaste, supply of floss, and mouthwash are the most important tools in your fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Choose a soft-bristle brush and toothpaste that contains fluoride, a mineral that rebuilds weak tooth enamel. Both power and manual brushes and flossers are effective in cleaning your teeth. Following brushing with a swig of anti-bacterial mouthwash will freshen your breath while reducing bacteria.
- Make Every Minute Count: If you don't brush long enough, plaque will remain on your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes.
- Eat Healthy Snacks: Sugary snacks increase your risk of tooth decay. Fresh fruits and vegetables are better options. Some fruits and vegetables, like apples and carrots, even act as natural plaque removers.
Protect your smile with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups! If you have a toothache or another dental issue, call your dentist in Cordova, TN, Dr. Botts of Botts Dental Spa, at (901) 737-2200 to schedule your appointment.