Azusa area Dentist describes Oral Hygiene Tips
Dr. Brianne Luu of Gentle Care Dental of San Gabriel Valley provides Azusa area patients with solutions for better oral health and wellness, including oral hygiene tips. Taking good care of the smile is one way to ensure a more beautiful, healthy smile for life, but can also improve one’s self-confidence. Dr. Brianne Luu works with her patients to ensure they understand the importance of a beautiful smile free from cavities and periodontal disease, and offers several tips for better dental health and oral hygiene.
When children visit the dentist early on, they have a better relationship with their dental team and are often more likely to take better care of their smile.
There are times when patients may benefit from sealants and fluoride treatments which are thin coatings used to prevent decay in areas where it may easily develop such as the pits and crevices of the molars.
Brush and floss
Brushing and flossing after every meal is pertinent for maintaining oral health and should not be overlooked as a daily regimen for reducing the risk of developing periodontal disease and cavities. For individuals who are unable to brush and floss after a meal, rinsing the mouth with antibacterial rinse or chewing sugar-free gum can also provide protection.
Eat a more nutritional diet
Eating right is important for overall health, but also for dental health. A well-balanced diet with the right nutrients can help maintain one’s smile, as well as avoiding sugary foods which can raise acid levels in the mouth and result in the development of plaque and tartar.
Make regular dental appointments
Visiting the dentist at least twice a year is recommended for most children and adults for a check-up and cleaning. During these dental visits, patients can enjoy a professional cleanings and x-rays which can help in looking for signs of decay or disease.
Avoiding bad habits
Smoking can cause tobacco stains on the teeth and can significantly increase one’s risk for periodontal disease and even oral cancer. Smoking and chewing tobacco are two bad habits patients should avoid for the improvement of their oral health.
Protect the teeth
If involved in recreational activities and sports which may result in impact, patients should take good care of protecting their smile with mouth guards to avoid injuries to the natural teeth and structures. Dr. Brianna Luu of Gentle Care Dental of San Gabriel Valley may be able to suggest some quality sports mouth guards to be used for optimum protection.