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3 Best Practices For A Healthy Smile

Posted by Day Dental Implants and Dentures Oct 21, 2022

Taking care of your smile goes beyond brushing and flossing your teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene habits can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums and teeth that look and feel great. Listed below are a few best practices that can help you maintain good oral health.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day

Practicing good oral hygiene habits at home can also help keep your mouth healthy. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time, flossing daily, and maintaining a healthy diet. These steps can help you minimize your risk for cavities and other oral health problems.

What you do at home can have a massive impact on your smile's long-term health, so it's important to make brushing a daily habit. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and brushing for at least two minutes at a time. Consider an electric toothbrush to make your time even more efficient. Show your kids how to brush their teeth properly as well so that they're more likely to adopt this healthy habit in the future!

  • Floss your teeth

Cavities form when plaque and bacteria build up on the teeth and create an acidic environment that eats away at the enamel. Though brushing can remove plaque and bacteria from the tooth surface, the brush bristles can't reach areas in between the teeth. To eliminate them, flossing at least once a day is important. If a patient is prone to tooth decay, they may need to floss more often.

  • Schedule regular dental visits

In addition to your at-home care, regular visits to your dentist's office are also necessary to monitor your oral health. We recommend visiting us every six months for a routine checkup and professional cleaning. These visits allow us to catch any problems early and provide effective treatment that prevents the need for more invasive treatments later. Regular checkups and cleanings allow your dentist to check for any cavities or other issues that could lead to more serious complications down the road. We also provide oral cancer screenings as part of every routine exam so that we can detect any signs of cancer and quickly get you the care you need.

If it's been more than six months since your last appointment, call our dental office today to schedule a visit with us. We'll perform a comprehensive exam to make sure that your smile is in excellent condition! Call us at (701) 888-9222 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 5120 Prosperity Way Ste. 108, Fargo, ND.

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