7 Ways to Keep Your Smile Healthy

By Dr. Steven L. Rattner DDS & Associates
March 31, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the teeth and mouth clean to prevent dental problems. Dr. Steven Rattner and Dr. Maryam Roosta oral hygieneat Grove Dental Arts in Gaithersburg, MD, offers a full range of dental services. Here are seven ways to keep your smile healthy.

#1- Brush Twice a Day

Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. When brushing, hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gums and make sure you cover all of your teeth's outer surfaces, inner surfaces and chewing surfaces. When your toothbrush starts to look worn and frayed, it is time to invest in a new one.

#2- Floss Once a Day

Clean between your teeth at least once a day using dental floss. Flossing removes food particles and plaque in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach. Flossing once a day helps fight gum disease and tooth decay. By flossing your teeth every day, you increase the chances of keeping your teeth for a lifetime.

#3- Use a Mouth Rinse

Rinse your mouth with a mouth rinse every day. Mouth rinses are used to help prevent dental cavities, reduce plaque, freshen breath and prevent gum disease. Many individuals are not as stringent about their daily oral hygiene routines as they should be. Swishing daily with a mouth rinse could be a simple way for these people to boost their oral health.

#4- Clean Your Tongue

Don’t forget to clean your tongue, too. Clean your tongue using a toothbrush or tongue scraper. Cleaning your tongue helps remove plaque, which can encourage bacteria growth and cause bad breath. Thorough tongue cleaning should have a significant effect toward resolving an individual's bad breath.

#5- Ditch the Sugar

Eating too much sugar can lead to tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth using sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that dissolve and damage the teeth. Try to cut down on sugary foods and drinks, and aim to brush after every meal and snack.

#6- Visit Your Gaithersburg Dentist

Visit your dentist every six months for a checkup. During your checkup, your dentist will examine your gums for signs of gum disease and other health problems. Your dentist can detect tooth decay easily by examining your teeth, probing your teeth with dental instruments and looking at x-rays. 

#7- Get Your Teeth Cleaned

Visit your dentist every six months for a professional dental cleaning. We floss and brush to stop plaque from building up and hardening into tartar. Tartar is rough and porous and can lead to receding gums and periodontal disease. The only way to remove tartar is to see a dentist for a dental cleaning.

Regular visits to a dentist will get you on the road to good oral health. To keep your oral health on track, call Grove Dental Arts at (301) 987-5527 right now to schedule a dental appointment in Gaithersburg, MD. Remember, a healthy smile is a gorgeous smile!