Dentists have long figured out the secret to excellent oral health. Not only is this strategy effective, but it's also incredibly simple to boot. Simply put, brushing and flossing every day are the foundation of the beautiful smile you want.
At Alafaya Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we are happy to provide helpful tips to keeping your family's smiles beautiful and strong.
Brush and Floss Daily
Our teeth are under constant attack by bacteria and microbes that love to eat through our enamel. If left untreated, a cavity can quickly develop, which can, in turn, create more significant dental problems. Brushing with a gentle-bristled toothbrush and using fluoride toothpaste can extinguish many potential dental emergencies.
Patients in Orlando cannot get enough of the benefits of electric toothbrushes; not only can they clean more effectively, but they also time your brushing experience to two minutes. Flossing helps get rid of debris that can stick between teeth, a perfect place for plaque to accumulate. By staying on top of your oral hygiene, you can enjoy a beautiful and pain-free smile.
Hydrate Well with Plenty of Water
Drinking water between meals not only rinses your mouth of sugars and acids, but it also keeps your body hydrated and healthy.
Water can also help us feel full, so we're not mindlessly snacking on too much food throughout the day.
Instead of reaching for (another) cookie or candy, we recommend stocking up on apples, celery, and other healthy foods that provide a satisfying crunch. Fruits and vegetables not only provide vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other goodies, they also help polish your teeth of particles and debris. Strawberries are an excellent natural teeth whitener!
If you regularly drink and smoke while out with friends, you can use your time to yourself to cut back on these unhealthy habits. We all know how alcohol and tobacco can be toxic to our bodies, but did you know that they can break down your oral health? Alcohol can dry out your gums and mouth, while smoking is a leading cause of gum disease and can stain your teeth an unattractive yellow.
Call Us Immediately for a Dental Emergency
By practicing these and other preventive oral care tips, we can avoid most dental emergencies. If you notice persistent pain in your teeth or jaw or have injured your tooth, do not hesitate to contact us. We are available for all your dental emergency needs—large or small.