Protect your teeth against decay and gum disease in between visits to see your Gig Harbor, WA dentist.
You’ve just come back from the dentist. Your teeth feel smooth and look dazzling. You only wish you could get those kinds of results from your at-home care; however, even though your toothbrush and floss might not be the same as the tools your Gig Harbor, WA dentist uses, it does not mean that there are not things you can do to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best until your next dental visit. Follow these helpful tips for keeping teeth pristine.
Adopt a Flossing Schedule
Your Gig Harbor, WA dentist can’t tell you enough how important regular flossing is for your smile. You should be flossing at least once a day to remove food and plaque and to reduce the presence of stains. While brushing is also a crucial part of good oral hygiene, flossing is truly the only way to remove buildup and foot particles from between teeth and other hard-to-reach spots. Even if your teeth are healthy, if your gums are red and inflamed then your smile can’t look its best!
Eat for Your Smile
What you put in your mouth is often just as important as how you care for your teeth. After all, certain foods and drinks can cause stains and produce acid, which attacks tooth enamel and weakens your smile. Therefore, to keep teeth healthy between dental visits, you will want to limit your intake of sugar, starchy foods like potato chips, coffee, tea, wine, sports drinks and other dark foods that could stain your white teeth. Opt instead for lean meats, low-fat dairy products, crunchy raw fruits and vegetables, and lots of water.
Opt for Superior Oral Care Products
Some patients find that their electric toothbrush offers them superior results; however, the choice is completely up to you. Whatever feels most comfortable is what we recommend. After all it’s your regime; however, some people find that the electric toothbrush offers the proper amount of pressure so they don’t push too hard and damage their teeth while also offering a deep down clean. You may also find that it’s easier to get into certain nooks and crannies with your electric toothbrush that you couldn’t with a manual.
We also recommend getting ADA-approved whitening toothpastes to keep up with your white smile. Talk to your Gig Harbor, WA dentist if you need recommendations for which whitening products to use.
It’s never too late to schedule your next appointment with us. Call us if you want to put your next visit on the books. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about your dental health, you can always call us.