By Kenneth Krause, DMD
August 13, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Oral HygieneMaintaining a healthy smile starts with you. Find out what you can do.

There are so many things you can do each and every day to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy, and they aren’t even difficult or time-consuming habits. These habits could just end up protecting you against gum disease, infection, and cavities. Our Westfield, IN, family dentists, Drs. Kenneth and Katie Krause, are here to tell you some simple ways to keep up good oral hygiene:

Brush your teeth twice a day: This is one of the best pieces of advice to follow if you want to reduce plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and along the gum line. Brush first thing in the morning and again right before bedtime. Every time you brush, make sure you are brushing for at least 2 minutes (if you don’t have an electric toothbrush with an automatic timer then set a timer on your phone to keep you honest).

Floss once a day: Even if you brush twice a day without fail this doesn’t mean that you can skip out on flossing your teeth. Remember, you only have to floss once a day to make it count. With flossing, you wouldn’t be able to remove plaque and food from between teeth. Brushing can’t get into all these spaces between teeth the way floss can. Without flossing, you aren’t giving your teeth the thorough cleaning they need.

See your dentist: Even if you aren’t experiencing pain or other dental problems this doesn’t mean that you can skip out on visiting your dentist in Westfield. These visits are important not just for getting your teeth professionally and deeply cleaned but also to detect problems such as decay, gum disease, or even impacted wisdom teeth. These visits are crucial for maintaining a healthy smile for the long-term and shouldn’t be forgotten.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet: Just as what you eat can either nourish or negatively impact your body, so too can your diet affect your teeth and gums. Avoid sugar and starches, which can increase plaque buildup and with it your risk for cavities. Instead, it’s the perfect time to load up on healthy options such as lean proteins, whole grains, fruit and veggies, and low-fat dairy. If you aren’t sure how to create a smile-friendly diet talk to your dentist about the best foods for maintaining good oral health.

Krause Dental in Westfield, IN, is here to provide you with the dental care you need whenever you need it. No matter whether you need to schedule a routine checkup or you are experiencing a toothache, give us a call to book an appointment.