Find out if you are doing everything you can to keep your smile healthy.
You’ve been brushing and flossing your teeth since you can remember. So, it probably goes without saying that you assume you are doing everything you can for the health of your teeth and gums with these simple habits. Not so fast! Our Ringwood, NJ, dentists, Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi, is here to provide some words of advice to ensure that your oral care routine is the best it can be.
Q. Are you visiting the dentist regularly?
In order to maintain a healthy mouth, you need to come in twice a year (every six months) for routine checkups and cleanings. These visits will not only remove surface stains, as well as plaque and tartar buildup, but also they will allow our Ringwood general dentist to make sure that everything is healthy and that there are no cavities, signs of gum disease or issues with your jawbone. Don’t skip out on these visits.
Q. Are you brushing and flossing regularly?
If you aren’t brushing twice a day and flossing daily then you aren’t maintaining the ideal hygiene you need to keep your teeth healthy. Sure, we know that there are moments when you might forget to floss or you may only have time to brush once a day. Just remember that this shouldn’t become the norm. Missteps happen but try to maintain this routine as much as possible. Also, remember to brush for at least two minutes (set a timer, if necessary).
Q. How often do you replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head)?
A toothbrush isn’t designed to last forever. In fact, you should be replacing your toothbrush head every three to four months. How can you tell that it’s time to toss out that toothbrush head? When the bristles begin to fray and look worn, this is a good sign that it’s time to get rid of it. Also, you should always replace your toothbrush immediately after an illness, as the toothbrush can harbor bacteria.
Q. Are you eating a healthy, balanced diet?
What you eat is so important to your oral health. After all, your teeth, gums, and jawbone require certain nutrients in order to remain strong and healthy. Avoiding sodas and sugar-laden treats is one of the best ways to prevent decay. Drink lots of water and make sure you are getting a variety of different proteins, vegetables, fruits and whole grains in your diet. Low-fat dairy is a great source of calcium, which keeps teeth and bones strong.
Do you have questions about your oral care routine? Do you need to schedule your six-month cleaning? Whatever your smile needs might be, you can have all of your needs met with our Ringwood, NJ, family dentists. Call Dr. Kahn and Dr. Pergolizzi today.