It is important to maintain proper oral and dental health. Certain habits, if practiced regularly, can help avoid several dental problems. Listed below are a few healthy practices that can help maintain optimal oral health.
Regular brushing and flossing are imperative for a beautiful and healthy smile. While regular checkups are also necessary for optimal oral health, taking care of your smile at home can also have a significant impact on your oral health. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. We also recommend flossing every day before you go to bed at night. Flossing removes food particles from between teeth and from around gums, where bacteria can collect and cause damage over time.
Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugary foods and drinks. These can contribute to tooth decay and should be consumed in moderation. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help wash away bacteria and food debris in the mouth. Don’t drink soda or other sugary drinks that can cling to the teeth and contribute to oral health problems.
The American Dental Association recommends that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice per year, though your dentist may recommend more frequent visits based on your oral health needs. Typically, these appointments are brief and painless, and they can often prevent serious oral health issues from developing further. In addition to regular cleanings, it’s also important to attend routine checkups so your dentist can monitor the condition of your teeth and gums and offer recommendations as needed.
They’ll do several things during these visits. These include looking for signs of cavities or gum disease and checking the appearance of your jaw, face, and neck for any issues caused by TMJ disorder. Your dentist will also screen you for oral cancer and examine the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, tongue, and lips. Sometimes, they will recommend X-rays or other imaging so they can see what’s happening beneath the surface of your smile. These images can help them spot impacted teeth and areas of decay that cannot be seen during a visual examination.
During your routine checkup, you can also ask questions or voice concerns you may have about your oral health or the treatments you’re receiving. You can also discuss any cosmetic procedures you’re interested in having in the future. The visit is an excellent opportunity for your dental team to get to know you better and address any of your questions or concerns.
Schedule an appointment today at J. Russell Danner, DDS in Oklahoma City, by calling 405-749-1676.