Find out if your everyday habits are benefiting or hurting your smile.
It’s probably safe to say that everyone wants a healthy smile. Of course, people often find it frustrating when our Prairie Village, KS family dentist, Dr. Terry Linneman, tells them that they have a cavity or gum disease. Caring for your smile doesn’t have to leave you scratching your head. Just follow these simple rules:
- Look for toothpaste that boasts the ADA seal of approval. The toothpaste you use should contain fluoride, which helps to keep enamel strong and healthy.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally, try to brush between meals as well) and floss once a day. If you don’t have an electric toothbrush that offers an automatic timer, set your watch or your phone’s timer for 2 minutes. This is how long you should be brushing every time you brush.
- A toothbrush won’t last forever, so remember to replace it every three months, or when the bristles of the toothbrush start to look worn and beat up. Worn down and frayed bristles will not do a good job of keeping teeth clean, so tossing that toothbrush every three months will do a world of good.
- Talk to your Prairie Village, KS, general dentist about whether preventive options like dental sealants or fluoride treatments are a good approach for you or your child. Sealants can be a great way to protect molars and back teeth from decay while fluoride treatments can help strengthen and keep teeth healthy if you don’t get enough fluoride from the water you drink.
- A healthy smile starts with a healthy diet. While we know that it would be silly to tell you to never enjoy a piece of birthday cake or a refreshing ice cream in the summer, do so in moderation. Sugar and processed foods can really wreak havoc on your teeth and leave you prone to decay and other issues. As long as you are following a healthy, balanced diet, those fun little splurges every once in a while shouldn’t cause issues.
- If you are a smoker it’s time to consider quitting. If you don’t smoke, this is great news! Smoking can cause such serious long-term complications for your smile, from increasing your risk for decay, gum disease and oral cancer to leaving you with nasty stains and bad breath. If you want a healthy smile quitting smoking should be your top priority.
Prairie Dental Care is dedicated to providing all families throughout Prairie Village, KS, with dental care they can trust time and time again. Call us today to schedule your next appointment or if you have questions about the services we offer.