March 7, 2017
There’s a difference between taking good care of your teeth and great care of your teeth. Which one are you doing? Do you brush twice a day—and that’s it? If you’ve been contemplating different ways to improve your oral health and take great care of your smile, you’re in luck. Your Athens dentist has a few tips for you to consider when trying to optimize your oral health.
Watch the Foods You Eat
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet doesn’t just benefit your body, it helps keep your mouth teeth and gums healthy too.
Maintain a bright smile
Even with the most rigorous, consistent home dental hygiene routines, your teeth will still begin to discolor. This is natural, but the foods and drinks you decide to consume can play a part too. Dark colored drinks like wine, coffee, and black tea attack the enamel of your teeth and can permanently stain if it seeps into the dentin of your teeth. The best option for your teeth is water!
Maintain a healthy, strong jawbone
To keep your jaws strong and durable, it is important that you are feeding your body the right vitamins and nutrients to keep it healthy. You should incorporate foods that are rich in calcium, vitamin D, Vitamin C, and raw crunchy veggies to exercise your jaw with consistent chewing.
Reduce Your Risk for Serious Dental Diseases
What determines who gets oral cancer or gum disease? When it comes down to the realities of life, everyone is at risk for these diseases. But, it’s important to be aware of your personal risk and take steps to lessen it. The majority of diagnoses for these diseases are based on the lifestyles we choose to indulge in. By altering our lifestyle choices by keeping our health in mind, we can cut the chances of losing teeth or even worse—death.
Did you know that tobacco accounts for 2 out of every 3 patients with oral cancer? This fact doesn’t deter just because you don’t smoke—if you chew it, it’s still deteriorating your overall health. Tobacco also plays a part in deteriorating the strength of your gums, causing them to recede. Receding gums are a catalyst to tooth loss.
Monitor Alcohol Intake
Some alcoholic beverages have health benefits like red wine for your heart, but Dr. Patrick still recommends that you drink it in moderation. Your chances of developing oral cancer is increased by a third if you abuse your alcohol intake. Not to mention, your teeth can easily become discolored because alcohol’s acidic nature eats away at the enamel on your teeth.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Advanced Dentistry of Athens is ready to do their part to provide excellent dental care every time a walk into our office. We just ask that you keep your smile healthy at home, too.
Many patients don’t know how often they should brush or how to get the most out of their dental routine. Our dental practice recommends that you gently brush your teeth twice a day. Use a soft toothbrush with flexible bristles can reach all areas of your mouth. Every time you brush, aim for two minutes and focus on massaging your teeth and gums rather than scrubbing them.
Although it tends to be ignored, flossing remains a critical part of your dental routine. Flossing between each of your teeth thoroughly removes plaque that would otherwise hide in the crevices of your teeth and turn into tartar, eventually leading to inflamed and infected gums.
When was your last dental visit?
Scheduling your next dental checkup is easy! Contact our Athens office and one of our friendly team members will be happy to find an appointment that is convenient to your schedule.
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