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Five Tips to A Healthier Smile

Five tips on protecting your smile from becoming unhealthy and the possible development of gingivitis.

As the song goes “you’re never fully dressed without a smile” so unless you plan on walking around naked for the rest of your life listen up. These five easy tips will keep your mouth healthy…and what better reason is there than that?

Brush your teeth twice a day: Brushing teeth two times a day helps decrease the bacteria accumulation in the mouth. It is the food particles and bacteria that can be destructive to the teeth and gums. Brushing away the plaque several times a day is the first step to maintaining proper oral hygiene. 

Flossing is important: Sometimes brushing your teeth is not enough to remove food particles because the bristles from the toothbrush can’t get in-between.  Flossing is the only solution for properly removing the trapped food and bacteria.  Flossing after every meal is always advisable but if this is not possible just before bed is best.  

Deep cleaning: Deep cleanings or professional cleanings are another way to get rid of tough plaque and/or tartar buildup that is under the gums. Your dentist or hygienist can do this for you. This procedure gets rid of rough spots that give the germs space to collect. Some professionals might also offer laser treatment, which is another way to get rid of plaque and tartar. As compared to traditional deep cleaning methods laser treatment is reported to have less bleeding, inflammation and discomfort.

Regular visits to dentist: Regular checkups are very important for prevention of any disease and the same thing applies to our oral health. Regular visits to your dentist, examinations and cleaning can help prevent or reduce the chances for gum disease. With regular check-ups a proper treatment plan can be devised  specifically for you in order for you to obtain optimum oral health. 

Avoid habits that can cause gum disease: An effective method in avoiding gum disease gum diseases is to avoid habits that can promote gum diseases. Smoking, consumption of foods rich in sugar, and high levels of alcohol consumption can and may have an effect on your oral health. Each one of these habits enhances the risk of disease development. The first clinical sign is gingivitis and if left untreated it will progress to a more severe gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Smoking is a major contributor to periodontal gum disease and tooth loss. Quit smoking, get help in any way possible, and your smile will sincerely thank you.

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