Basic Home Care

The success of you having no cavities and healthy gums is mainly decided by how well you practice good oral care at home.

 

Brushing your teeth twice a day with an ADA accepted fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between your teeth once a day are both important. Patients often say that they just don’t have the time. You can clean between your teeth at any point in the day. It’s easier than ever thanks to the variety of products, such as, floss, tooth picks and water flossers.

 

Your choice of foods and beverages is another key to good oral health. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. A steady diet of sugary foods and drinks, including sports drinks, can ruin teeth, especially if you snack throughout the dayWhen sugar is consumed regularly, the harmful effect on teeth can be dramatic. Once a tooth decays, the enamel does not grow back. The only option when decay happens is to see me to have the tooth treated.

 

Smoking or using tobacco in any form also harms your oral health. Not only do smokers have a higher risk for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, but tobacco use can also cause periodontal (gum) disease. If you smoke and you want to quit, we can talk about treatment options and decide on the best course of action for you.

By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet and having regular dental visits, you can have a beautiful smile for life. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or send an email to rscollins@nbridgedental.com.

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