This new year, we at Stadium Dental encourage you to resolve to keep your smile healthy. In today’s blog, your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist will give some advice for maintaining good oral hygiene when you’re at home, as well as the importance of dental checkups and cleanings.
Healthy Smiles Start at Home
Oral hygiene should be an important part of your daily routine. Keeping up with good oral hygiene habits is essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, as good practices help fight off gum disease, cavities, and many other oral ailments. If you’re already thoroughly brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once (as well as whenever you feel like you have something stuck between your teeth), here are some tips to help you achieve even healthier habits.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps to keep your teeth from decaying due to plaque, and can help rebuild your enamel more quickly if decay has begun.
- Maintain healthy eating habits. Eating balanced meals ensures that you aren’t taking in too much sugar, which is what the bacteria in plaque consume to create the acid that causes tooth decay and cavities. It also helps you to get the essential vitamins that your teeth need to stay strong and healthy.
- Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking anything with a lot of sugar, then brush your teeth 30 minutes later. Sugary foods and beverages are fine when consumed in moderation, but rinsing your mouth and brushing afterwards help to keep the sugar from remaining in your mouth and being fed upon by bacteria and causing cavities.
- Avoid tobacco use of any kind. The tar and nicotine in tobacco products can stain your teeth and increase your chances for gum disease and oral cancer.
Checkups Keep You Smiling
No matter how careful you are, keeping up with your oral hygiene at home isn’t enough to ensure the health of your smile. Oftentimes, we don’t notice signs that something could be wrong with our teeth or gums until it is too late to reverse the issue. So, attending regular six month checkups at your dentist is essential to check for any issues that may not be apparent to you at home. At your checkup, your teeth will be professionally cleaned to remove the hard, sticky plaque that cannot be removed by a normal toothbrush and toothpaste. Then, Dr. Chakka will perform a comprehensive oral examination, including an oral cancer screening, to look for signs of decay or any other potential issues. This allows you to catch problems while they can still be prevented or reversed, saving you time and money that you would otherwise need to spend on restorative procedures later on.
Time for a Visit?
Dr. Chakka takes great care to help you keep your smile healthy at home and in our office. If you are due for a checkup, schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist today by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and the surrounding communities.