Most of us are familiar with the basics of tooth decay and gum disease prevention: floss every day, and brush at least twice a day to keep the teeth and gums healthy. In addition to the basics, there are a few extra steps that everyone can take to ensure the best oral health and hygiene routine possible.
Dr. Francesco P. Maratta, a New Haven, CT-based dentist, advises patients to schedule a dental exam every six months, for a check-up and professional cleaning to supplement an at home routine. Even with daily brushing and flossing, traces of food and bacteria missed by a toothbrush can accumulate between the teeth and gums, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease.
Preventive Dental Care in New Haven, CT
In order to get the most out of a daily brushing routine, dentists recommend starting with the right tools and technique. Using the right size toothbrush and bristles is very important to reach all of the teeth, and avoid irritating the gums with overly hard bristles and aggressive strokes. A brush that is not too large for the mouth with softer bristles and a gentle up and down brushing motion at a 45-degree angle is ideal to thoroughly clean the teeth, and avoid irritation. And don't forget to brush the back of the teeth and the tongue too!
Diet, Lifestyle, and Your Teeth
Like the rest of the body, everything we eat and drink has an effect on how our teeth look, and on our oral and general health. Consuming food and drinks with too much sugar, like soda and overly processed snacks and desserts, increases the risk of tooth decay. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are known to increase the risk of both gum disease and oral cancer. Choosing healthy, nutrient rich foods with sufficient vitamin D and calcium contributes to a healthy body, teeth, and gums.
Find a Dentist in New Haven, CT
A great oral hygiene routine begins with thorough at home care, and regular visits with a dentist for a check-up and professional cleaning. For more information, contact the office of Dr. Francesco P. Maratta by calling 203-773-1701 to schedule an appointment today.