Most dental health issues are largely preventable with the right dental habits. Unfortunately, once dental disease develops, it can cause a domino effect and lead to more significant damage. You can take steps right now to dramatically reduce your own risk of such common problems as gum disease, tooth decay, and dental trauma.
1. Good dental hygiene
The ADA recommends brushing with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Clean each side of each tooth and your tongue about twice a day. Floss daily to clean plaque and bacteria off the surfaces that your toothbrush cannot reach.
2. Regular dental checkups
These usually include both a professional cleaning, which removes all plaque and tartar buildup in your mouth, and an exam, which can help catch early signs of problems. We may also use this appointment as an opportunity to recommend preventative treatment, suggest other treatments, or give you dental hygiene tips that can help you keep your smile healthier.
3. Healthy diet
A diet high in sugar, simple carbohydrates, or processed foods is bad for both your body and your teeth. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, lean proteins, and whole grains to keep your teeth strong and your gums healthy. Limit snacking between meals, and make fluoridated water your first choice in beverages.
A healthy smile can be a big step towards a healthier you. We offer preventative care, orthodontic treatments, and other dental procedures to strengthen your teeth, keep your gums healthy, and preserve your beautiful smile. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with our Thousand Oaks dentist.