With proper care, your smile can last you a lifetime. But you need to take really good care of it.
You don’t need a fancy power toothbrush to practice effective oral care. A manual toothbrush works fine as long as you are able to apply sufficient pressure and reach all parts of your smile. The important thing is that you brush your teeth thoroughly twice each day. You should brush for at least two minutes making sure go over all sections of your mouth. Make sure to change your brush every 3 to 4 months or as soon the bristles are frayed.
Power toothbrushes often include a timer which many users find useful for making sure they are brushing long enough. Power toothbrushes are also handy for people who have difficulty applying enough pressure when brushing .
Furthermore, everyone 6 and older should be using a fluoride toothpaste because studies demonstrate they are much more effective at fighting cavities.
Daily flossing is an essential component of an effective oral care routine. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t do it. Researchers have found that “only 35 percent of patients occasionally use dental floss, and only 2 to 15 percent floss daily.” People often report that flossing is difficult, painful, or inconvenient. Many people who don’t enjoy flossing report that water flossers are gentler and less difficult to use than dental floss.
Most people are aware that the Surgeon General has determined that smoking is deadly. It causes lung disease and several types of cancer. But how many people realize that cigarettes wreak havoc on the structures of your smile? Smoking is the number one preventable cause of gum disease, and gum disease is the greatest threat to the health of your smile.
If you want to quit smoking but you haven’t been successful in the past, don’t give up hope. There are people who can help. For example, the American Lung Association can provide you with effective resources to make quitting easier. Good luck!
Sugar provides very little nutritional value and it’s a major cause of cavities. You should limit your intake of sugary food and drinks as much as possible.
In addition to following the recommendations on this post, another great thing you can do to protect your smile is to visit Dr. Kuzmin for regular checkups. Why not call our office today to schedule your appointment?