4 Things Your Dentist Wants You to Do Now

4 Things Your Dentist Wants You to Do Now

Do you think your teeth have lost their shine? Do you feel your oral health has been compromised? Here is what your dentist at Orange Family Dental wants you to know to help restore your oral health.

  • Floss Daily

Flossing is a critical part of proper oral hygiene. However, most patients often neglect to floss. Some may not do it daily, while others skip it altogether. When it comes to oral hygiene, flossing is just as important as brushing.

Flossing effectively removes plaque from areas in between the teeth and below the gum line. If plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar. Both tartar and plaque can eventually lead to gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults.

Flossing is great for removing plaque and food particles from between teeth, but it’s crucial to think about the floss you use. Some people use floss that shreds, and this can be irritating to the gums. Your dentist might recommend waxed floss, which is much more comfortable to use. The American Dental Association recommends flossing once each day. If your dentist has recommended flossing more often, make sure you floss your teeth after each meal, if possible.

  • Quit Smoking

People who smoke have a much higher risk of tooth decay. Smoking also limits your body’s ability to heal from oral trauma, increasing your risk of losing a tooth. The best thing you can do for your oral health is to quit smoking now. Talk to your dentist about smoking cessation resources and programs.

  • See Your Dentist Regularly

You should visit your dentist every six months for professional teeth cleaning. However, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits if you have periodontal disease, you have a high risk of developing periodontal disease, or you have other oral health issues.

During your professional teeth cleaning, the dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of your teeth. The dentist will also check for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

  • Eat Healthy Foods

By eating healthy foods, you decrease your risk of tooth decay. Not only can this help your teeth, but it includes other health benefits, as well. Try to make sure you include these food groups in your diet:

  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein

Vitamin C can help fight gum disease, and calcium and Vitamin D both help strengthen your bones. Carbohydrates help produce energy, and protein is needed for muscle and tissue growth.

To find out more about the dental services offered at Orange Family Dental, call (619) 280-4861 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit our Dentist in San Diego, CA, at 4205 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105.


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