5 Things To Do At Home For a Bright, Healthy Smile
Our Snellville GA dental office is here to help you overcome your smile flaws and restore function to your smile. At Parkway Dental, we have the tools to treat patients of all ages and dental complications. But when it comes to achieving and maintaining a healthy smile, you do much of the work.
Even if you have received some substantial dental treatment, you still need to practice great oral hygiene at home. Today we want to share a few tips about how you can keep your smile looking great.
Don’t Forget to Floss
This is usually something you hear from your dentist, and that’s because, most people don’t floss regularly. According to a survey published on the American of Dental Association website, only about 4 out of 10 Americans floss regularly. That means 60 percent of people in the country aren’t flossing their teeth. Floss is important because it keeps your teeth AND gums healthy. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. When you floss, you remove the harmful bacteria between the teeth and below the gum line, reducing your risk of dental decay or gum disease.
Here’s another number to consider. About 35 percent of the tooth is located beneath the gum line. So, if you’re not flossing, you’re not cleaning a big portion of the tooth.
Use Timers or Apps for better Brushing!
We dentists recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day for TWO minutes. That period of brushing effectively removes harmful plaque (which can form is about eight hours) from the teeth. There are a few great FREE dental digital apps available that help you — or your children — brush for the full two minutes. Some apps for children make games out of brushing, or you can purchase toothbrushes for kids that play music for two minutes.
Avoid Dark Foods, Drinks That Stain Your Teeth
If you have had your smile professionally whitened and want to keep it bright, you might avoid darks drinks like coffee or tea (especially right after your whitening treatment). We understand it can be hard to kick a habit like drinking coffee or tea, but it might help brighten your smile. If you do indulge in dark drinks of foods, thorough rinse out your mouth with water after. The water will rinse off the teeth and tongue and also flush out and food debris.
Touch-up Your Smile At Home
Americans spend billions of dollars every year on whitening treatments, whether that’s whitening gels, strips, of the whitening toothpaste. It’s important to have a mouthful of pearly whites. Many patients seek out professional teeth whitening, and we encourage that, as professional whitening agents are much stronger than what you can get over-the-counter. Additionally, our office will make sure that any whitening treatment will not cause sensitivity in the teeth or gums. Even though professional whitening is stronger, you can try over-the-counter whitening to touch up your smile in between dental visits.
Use Fluoride-based Toothpaste
We wrote just above that whitening solutions are everywhere when it comes to dental products. Some patients look for whitening toothpaste and forget to check if the toothpaste includes fluoride. Luckily, many toothpaste do include fluoride, which is a substance that helps reduce the risk of cavities and actually strengthens the teeth. Luckily, today most public drinking sources include fluoride, but make sure that you’re also brushing with a fluoride-based toothpaste to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
If you or your family have issues with dental decay, we can provide additional fluoride treatments during your regular cleanings and exams.
These are just a few tips that can help you keep and maintain a healthy, brighter smile. Of course, we’d also love to see you in our office. We have the latest cosmetic and restorative solutions to help you. Just give us a call today at (770) 954-8360 or use the online form to book a visit. We can’t wait to meet you and your family!