Hopefully, you know that brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is essential to maintaining a clean and healthy mouth, but it’s not the end-all of effective dental hygiene. Your eating habits, as well as other daily habits and routines, can significantly influence the state of your oral health, for better or worse. To help you better care for the health of your smile, your Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, offers this advice for more effective dental hygiene in your daily life.
A Healthy Smile is a Happy Smile
- Don’t miss a beat—After a lifetime of brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, skipping one or two sessions may not seem like such a big deal, but it is. Dental plaque, which harbors hundreds of kinds of oral bacteria, forms continuously and doesn’t take a break just because you’re busy. For optimal protection against dental diseases, be sure to brush and floss at least twice a day, every day.
- Limit snacking, especially sweets—The germs responsible for tooth decay and other dental issues feed on the nutrients from your meals and snacks. Some of them convert sugar and other carbs into acid, which saps minerals from your teeth that your enamel needs to remain strong. The more often you eat, the more your teeth are subjected to this acid, and in time, your enamel may become too weak to protect your teeth from bacterial infection and decay.
- Drink more water—The fact that drinking plenty of water benefits your overall health is common knowledge, but it can also benefit your oral health by rinsing your mouth of plaque, bacteria, and the food debris they feed on. Staying hydrated also promotes a healthy flow of saliva, which is your mouth’s natural way of rinsing itself and neutralizing acid.
- Treat dental issues early—Attending your dental checkup at least once every six months is another vital part of your hygiene routine. As good as you may be at brushing and flossing your teeth, your smile still requires regular professional maintenance to stay healthy. Also, your checkup will allow Dr. Hussong to check for and detect early signs of trouble. Treating dental issues early can help you avoid the need for extensive dental work later, after the issue has already damaged your teeth and/or gums.
Keep Your Smile Healthy with Help from Your Polk City Dentist
To learn more about keeping your smile healthy and happy, or if it’s been awhile since your last dental checkup and cleaning, schedule an appointment with your Polk City dentist by calling Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001. Located in the 50226 area, we proudly welcome families from Des Moines, Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.