Your teeth and gums are susceptible to attack from plaque and tartar, caused by buildup from what you eat and drink. Practicing good dental care every day helps to minimize and prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar and reduces your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Practice Good Home Care
Everyone should brush their teeth at least twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste and a soft brush. Brush gently but firmly, using circular motions, on all your teeth’s surfaces. Along with brushing, daily flossing is the best way to keep your teeth healthy. Floss removes bacteria trapped between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t remove. Doing these activities regularly allows you to remove plaque and tartar before they harden and need to be removed by your dentist. Though not as vital as daily brushing and flossing, using mouthwash can also help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Eat a Tooth-Friendly Diet
What you eat can help to clean your teeth. Fruits and vegetables that crunch, like carrots and apples, can help scrape plaque and tartar off of your teeth as you snack. Drinking water helps your body maintain a sufficient amount of saliva, which is essential to your mouth’s healthy functioning. Eating processed and sugary foods, on the other hand, leaves sugar on your teeth, creating an environment where bacteria grow easily and cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Schedule Regular Dental Visits
Even excellent home care won’t prevent all the growth of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Visiting your dentist every six months allows them to scrape off lingering, hardened plaque safely and check your teeth and gums for any sign of decay or disease. Removing hard plaque from your teeth complements the care you take at home and leads to a healthy mouth.
If you are due for a dental cleaning, or you are experiencing symptoms of tooth or gum disease, call Colorado Advanced Dentistry now at (720) 420-1103. We help Lakewood residents maintain healthy mouths with regular cleanings and innovative laser gum treatments.