By Michael Farivari, DDS
January 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Is your at-home dental routine up to par or falling flat?oral hygiene

Has our Hanover, MD, family dentists, Drs. Michael and Shora Farivari, recently detected a cavity? If so, you may be wondering how this happened. We know that it can feel defeating to find out that your smile isn’t as healthy as you thought it was; luckily, we are here to provide you with the advice you need to make sure your smile is in tip-top shape.

Here are some tips to follow if you want to maintain a healthy smile:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Limit sugar and alcohol
  • Avoid or quit smoking
  • Visit your dentist every six months
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Wear a mouthguard when playing sports

All of these options seem easy enough to follow but you might be surprised how many people neglect these habits. We know that people make mistakes and slip up, but if you want to maintain a cavity-free smile you’ll want to follow these rules as much as possible.

Limiting sugar can greatly reduce your chances of developing cavities. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from this piece of advice. While we understand how difficult it can be to stay away from sugar altogether, if you want to get a clean bill of health from our Hanover dentists during your routine cleaning then you’ll want to limit sugar as much as possible. Avoid fruit juices laden with added sugar, sports drinks and soda. Also, make sure that everyone in your family is getting enough water in their diet.

Habits such as smoking, nail biting or teeth grinding can also take a toll on your teeth. Smoking will not only cause bad breath and nasty stains but it will also increase your chances of gum disease, cavities, infection and oral cancer. The best decision you can make for your health is to quit smoking.

Of course, teeth grinding can also leave teeth weak and prone to damage. If you are someone who grinds their teeth then you’ll want to talk to us about whether you could benefit from a custom-made night guard, which can protect your teeth while you sleep and prevent teeth from wearing down over time.

You want your smile to last a lifetime so it’s important that you provide it with the care it needs to remain healthy for the rest of your life. Ridgeview Dental Care has been providing family dentistry to the Hanover, Severn and Ft. Meade, MD, areas for over 30 years. Call us to schedule your appointment today.

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