Good oral health is about more than just having healthy teeth. While your teeth are an important component of oral health, the health of your gums and jawbones are crucial too. Your gums and jawbones support your teeth, so keeping them healthy is just as important as caring for your teeth.
Good oral hygiene is the foundation of a healthy smile. It begins with proper at-home care and includes the following:
Brushing and flossing are two of the most important ways to maintain great oral health. Brushing and flossing every day can help prevent cavities and plaque. Brushing helps remove plaque and food particles from your teeth. While flossing gets in between teeth and removes plaque and food particles that can't be removed by brushing.
The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist at least twice a year. These checkups provide the opportunity for the dentist to:
While the dentist will examine your teeth for these common issues, he or she will also look for signs of oral cancer.
Tobacco and alcohol can both be harmful to your smile. Tobacco products contain nicotine and can cause stains on your teeth, oral cancer, and gum disease. Alcohol can dry out your mouth and cause bad breath.
A mouthguard is a piece of athletic equipment that you wear in your mouth. It's typically made of a soft plastic or laminate material that fits into your mouth and over your teeth. Dental mouthguards are available over the counter, or you can have one custom-made by your dentist. Mouthguards play an important role in your overall oral health. They prevent many common dental injuries, including a broken or knocked-out tooth. They also prevent damage caused by grinding your teeth. Grinding your teeth may cause your teeth to fracture, loosen, or fall out.
Avoid foods that are high in sugar, such as candy and soda. Sugary foods can erode enamel, causing cavities and gum disease. Gum disease can be a major cause of tooth loss. Instead, opt for healthy, nutritious meals like cheese, dairy, vegetables, fruits, and fluoridated water.
Schedule an appointment with Austgen Family Dental to learn more about oral care. We are at 1405 W County Line Rd, Suite A, Greenwood, IN 46142. Contact us at (317) 885-6400 or visit our website to book an appointment.