From toothpaste commercials to oral hygiene tips from the dentist, most people are well aware that good oral health is important for achieving a beautiful smile. But keeping your teeth and gums healthy is also essential for fending off the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease, which also helps support your systemic, or overall, health. At Sunrise Smile Design in Phoenix, AZ, general dentist Dr. Rick Campbell is dedicated to helping patients throughout the metro area experience the advantages of a healthy, happy smile. Read on to explore these home care tips from Dr. Campbell and his team on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums between dental visits.
How to take care of your teeth and gums at home
- Brush at least twice each day. Brushing your teeth thoroughly at least two times a day helps remove plaque and bacteria, key factors in the development of cavities and gum disease. Dr. Campbell recommends using a soft-bristled or electric toothbrush positioned at a 45° angle toward the gumline. It’s best to apply a light pressure when using your toothbrush, as overaggressive brushing can be damaging to your teeth and gums. Brushing your tongue is also important, as it can harbor odor-producing bacteria that contribute to bad breath.
- Floss your teeth daily. While brushing can remove plaque buildup from the fronts, tops, and sides of the teeth, flossing is important for getting to the bacteria, food, and plaque that accumulate in between teeth. Ensuring that you hug the sides of each tooth as you move the floss up and down can help clean these areas and minimize the risk of oral diseases.
- Avoid unhealthy habits. Smoking and other forms of tobacco use can increase the chance of several oral issues, including oral cancer and periodontal conditions. Parafunctional habits, such as teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism) and chewing on pens, ice, or your fingernails, can lead to chipped or cracked teeth and other dental problems. By avoiding unhealthy habits, you can help preserve the condition of your teeth and gums over time.
- Eat a balanced, nutritious diet. Like the rest of your body, the teeth and gums rely on nutrients to remain strong and healthy. Eating a well-balanced diet and limiting sugary and acidic food and drinks is another way you can help care for your teeth and gums at home. Staying well-hydrated can also support good oral health by decreasing your risk of dry mouth, which can be a contributing factor for dental cavities.
Additional tips for healthy teeth and gums
Along with maintaining thorough at-home oral care, it’s vital to schedule routine preventive dentistry visits. Having your teeth cleaned and examined at Sunrise Smile Design at least twice a year is also key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. During your dental cleaning visits at our Phoenix, AZ dental practice, Dr. Campbell and his team can offer additional oral care suggestions and help you determine the best type of toothbrush, floss, and techniques to use at home. Regular dental exams also give him the chance to identify and treat any dental needs as early as possible to help keep your smile healthy and bright for many years to come.
Preventive dentistry for a bright, healthy smile
When it comes to the health of your smile, choosing a Phoenix dentist who's passionate about preventive dentistry is paramount. Dr. Rick Campbell and his team want all patients to reap the benefits of good dental health and work closely with each individual to choose the ideal home care tools and techniques to maintain healthy teeth and gums between visits. To schedule an appointment at Sunrise Smile Design in Phoenix, AZ, please contact our friendly team today!