Dr. Steven Hochfelder has helped countless patients in and around Lake Mary thanks to his experience and sincere concern for his patients. By offering the latest in cosmetic dentistry to enhance the beauty of smiles and advanced restorative dentistry to improve dental health and wellness, he has improved the lives of countless people in the community. Good dental health starts at home, however, and there are a few things that you can do to ensure your smile is its absolute best. Here are 10 tips to keep in mind.
Tip #1 - Brush Your Teeth at Least Twice a Day
The obvious tips are sometimes the best ones. It's imperative that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Ideally, you want to brush your teeth after every meal as well.
Tip #2 - Use a Toothbrush with Soft Bristles
The frequency of brushing isn't the only matter to consider. The quality of your toothbrush makes a difference as well. Be sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles so that your gums won't be harmed or adversely affected as you brush your teeth. (Harm during vigorous brushing is actually a common cause of gum recession.)
Tip #3 - Floss Your Teeth Every Night
Another bit of obvious advice, flossing is essential for taking care of the hard-to-reach spots between the teeth. Be sure to brush at least once a night. If you want to be extra thorough, be sure to floss after every meal.
Tip #4 - Wear Mouth Protection When Playing Sports
Contact sports and combat sports can lead to major injuries to the teeth, or gradual damage to the teeth over time. Be sure to wear a mouthguard in order to prevent major problems with the health and appearance of your smile in the long run.
Tip #5 - Quit Using Tobacco Products
Smoking and smokeless tobacco are bad for your general health, and they aren't great for your dental health either. Tobacco will cause tooth discoloration, increase your chances of developing gum disease, lead to bad breath, and boost your risk of oral cancer. Quit or just don't start.
Tip #6 - Don't Chew on Inedible Items
Biting fingernails and chewing on pen caps isn't just a social faux pas. Over time, this causes damage to the teeth as well. Be sure to eliminate bad habits and only bite and chew what you're supposed to.
Tip #7 - Stay Well Hydrated by Drinking Water
Water helps keep your mouth moist and clears away harmful substances lodged between teeth. Be sure to stay hydrated in order to maintain a healthy smile and general overall wellness.
Tip #8 - Be Mindful of Oral Acidity/pH Balance
Tooth erosion refers to the deterioration of tooth structure caused by an acidic pH in the mouth. This is usually caused by the consumption of carbonated beverages, coffee, and citrus fruits. Be sure to be mindful of acidic substances you consume and to drink water with these substances in order to restore a more balanced or alkali pH to the mouth.
Tip #9 - Go Easy on Sugary Foods and Beverages
Here's another no-brainer. Sugar can be harmful to your teeth and lead to the faster formation of cavities. Rather than snack on sugary things, consider avoiding sugar when you can and have something healthier instead.
Tip #10 - Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year
Your regular appointments with the dentist twice a year are crucial for lasting dental health and wellness. Don't take them for granted and be sure to show up as scheduled.
Schedule a Consultation with an Experienced Dentist
To learn more about what you can do to improve your overall dental health and wellness, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dental care center today. Dr. Hochfelder and the entire team here looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve optimal dental health.