Good oral health does more for your body than you may realize. Your smile invites people into your personal space, and a welcoming, healthy smile conveys a lot about who you are. While regular checkups and cleanings are needed, there are a number of things you can do at home to improve oral health and maintain a beautiful smile. If your smile needs help from a dental professional, Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS is qualified in several areas of expertise to help with that challenge.
Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day with Fluoride Toothpaste
The primary recommendation from the American Dental Association (ADA) for improving your smile and oral health is to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Although this seems like a pretty basic principle, you might be surprised to know that up to 31 percent of us do not brush that often, and some miss brushing their teeth on a daily basis at all. The ADA recommends using a soft bristled brush for two minutes each time you brush. Frequent brushing helps teeth stay whiter and healthier and prevents plaque from hardening into tartar.
Floss Your Teeth at Bedtime for Better Oral Health
Flossing is another basic step to having a beautiful smile. The ADA recommends that you floss before bedtime to remove plaque between the teeth and under the gum line where a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing completes the job after brushing, and the final step is to rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash to finish the job.
Avoid Beverages That Can Stain or Weaken Your Teeth
Frequent consumption of acidic or sugary or diet drinks can dramatically increase tooth decay. The acids in these products attack the enamel on your teeth. In recent years there has been an increase in the rise in cavities and experts attribute some of this to the effects of energy drinks, sports drinks and bottled water that is not fluorinated.
According to the ADA, water is the best drink for your body and it’s the best drink for a beautiful smile. Drinking water with fluoride, is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to help prevent cavities and retain good oral health.
Even though tooth enamel is the hardest mineral in the body, it is vulnerable to staining. Stain causing culprits include coffee, tea, cola and red wine, but there are ways to mitigate their effects. Two of the easiest are:
- Drinking through a straw so the liquid doesn’t come into contact with your teeth.
- Drink or swish plain water in your mouth after drinking a staining liquid, but do not brush for 30 minutes to allow time for the beverage’s enamel-wearing acidic effect to disappear.
Eliminate Cigarettes and Tobacco Products
If you want to improve your smile, now might be the time to eliminate your use of tobacco products. Smoking can stain your teeth and depending on how much you smoke, it may stain down to the enamel, which cannot be whitened. Smoking also reduces circulation to the gums, which causes the gums to recede and it can lead to gum disease, and tooth decay. The oral health benefits of eliminating cigarettes and tobacco products are an added bonus to the benefits your whole body will enjoy.
See Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS Every Six Months
Even those who are most diligent in caring for their teeth need regular dental checkups. There are usually areas of your teeth or gums where hidden problems exist and if caught early, those problems can be reversed or remedied. There are many important reasons to see Dr. Evanson every six months, including oral cancer screenings. Call (720) 409-0008 to make an appointment or contact us online.
If you are embarrassed about your smile, Dr. Evanson will work diligently to help you improve your smile and feel confident about the way your teeth look and feel.Leave a reply →