Gum disease and tooth decay are signs of an unhealthy mouth. Fortunately, there are several habits you can implement that will keep your smile healthy. One of those habits is to see a dentist regularly for a dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning. A dentist can spot the early warning signs of gum disease and decay and take steps to prevent further decay. Dr. Paul Culver, your Brookfield, WI, dentist, can help you achieve and maintain good oral health while keeping your smile healthy.
Developing Healthy Habits
Developing healthy oral and dental habits is a great way to maintain a healthy smile that looks great and is free of gum disease and tooth decay. Good habits that will help keep your smile healthy include:
- Scheduling dental checkups every six months
- Brushing teeth at least twice a day
- Flossing teeth daily
- Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash daily
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Limiting consumption of sugar-laden food and beverages
- Drinking several glasses of water daily
- Not smoking, since tobacco stains teeth over time
Tips for Brushing Properly
Just about everyone knows that it’s important to brush your teeth daily. Brushing in itself may not be enough, though. At least, not if you aren’t brushing the right way. For brushing to be effective, it has to be done properly. When brushing, it isn’t enough to just brush the teeth. You should also brush the entire interior of your mouth, including the tongue, gums and roof of your mouth. It is also important to brush twice daily with a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps prevent cavities by preventing plaque buildup.
Brushing properly also includes using the right toothbrush. The American Dental Association recommends using a toothbrush with soft bristles that fits comfortably in your mouth. In other words, the shape and size of the toothbrush should be appropriate for your mouth. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three or four months or as soon as the bristles begin fraying. Your Brookfield dentist can provide additional guidance regarding the right toothbrush for your needs.
You can keep your smile healthy by practicing good oral hygiene at home and by visiting your dentist regularly for a checkup and professional cleaning. To schedule your next dental checkup with Dr. Culver, your Brookfield, WI, dentist, call (262) 782-1655.