As a dentist, Dr. Heath Hendrickson knows how to keep mouths healthy, both in and out of the dental chair. Keeping up with at-home care is one of the most important ways you can keep your teeth and gums in good health. Dr. Wisdom Teeth recommends every patient take these simple steps.
- Practice good dental habits. The American Dental Association advises adults and children to brush their teeth at least two times a day, preferably with ADA-approved toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. This will help prevent plaque buildup on the surface of the tooth. Patients should also floss at least once a day to remove food debris.
- Make a point to eat a healthily diet. Avoid sugary foods, which can coat the teeth and encourage the growth of bacteria. Avoid constant snacking on unhealthy foods, which can constantly expose the oral environment to sugar and carbohydrates. Getting the right nutrients will also help improve the condition of your teeth and gums, strengthening them against illness and decay.
- Make time to visit your general dentist. Scheduling checkups and exams every six months will help identify small problems before they develop into big ones. Preventive care will save you and your family from future pain and hassle and is often cheaper in the long run.
Not only do these habits affect your teeth and gums, but also your overall health. To learn more about dental health, ask our dentist for more resources at your wisdom teeth appointment in Midvale, Layton or Provo, Utah.