Make sure you are giving your smile the everyday TLC it needs.
Maintaining a healthy smile is actually pretty simple; however, the lack of attention to oral care can lead to cavities, gum disease, and other issues. Our Melrose Park and Elk Grove Village, IL, dentist, Dr. Scott Szatkowski, wants to make sure that you are giving your smile everything it needs to thrive. Measure your current routine against these oral hygiene tips:
Brush Twice a Day
Everyone knows that in order to reduce your risk for cavities you have to brush your teeth. Ideally, you should be brushing after each meal, or twice a day (in the morning and again at night). Of course, you also have to make sure you are brushing long enough, as well. Spending two minutes each time you brush and getting into every groove and crevice is important for reducing plaque buildup. Setting a timer is key to making sure you brush long enough. And don’t forget to brush your tongue and roof of your mouth before you finish!
Don’t Skip Flossing
Flossing and brushing go together like peanut butter and jelly. While they are both great components to good oral health they are a match made in oral health heaven when they are used together. After all, flossing is the only way to truly remove plaque and food from between teeth and along the gum line in a way that even brushing can’t. Floss once a day to keep teeth and gums healthy and happy.
Eat for Your Smile
If you want to maintain a healthy smile you need to be eating the right things and avoiding things that could leave you prone to decay and gum disease. Stay away from sugar, starches, and processed foods (and consume alcohol in moderation) and follow a diet that is rich in lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. Also, make sure you are getting enough calcium in your diet, which can help keep teeth strong and healthy.
Stay Away from Tobacco
Using tobacco products of any kind can do quite a number on your smile, as our Melrose Park and Elk Grove Village general dentist can tell you. Tobacco is responsible for everything from bad breath, an increase in cavities and gum disease, severe dental stains and oral cancer. When you visit our dentist for your routine checkup we will also perform regular oral cancer screenings. Even if you are currently a smoker ditching the habit for good could greatly reduce your risk.
If you want to protect your smile from decay and other issues for the long run then it’s important that you keep up with these simple habits. And when you do require a routine dental cleaning, turn to Dr. Szatkowski and his caring team in Elk Grove Village and Melrose Park, IL.