4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM 87111
Good oral health plays an important role in maintaining good overall health. Tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues can lead to bigger health problems. Here are the three best practices that help maintain good oral health.
Brushing and flossing regularly
You should brush and floss at least twice a day, as recommended by our dentists. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth for two minutes. Most people do not brush for this long, but your dentist wants to make sure that you are brushing enough! The ADA also recommends flossing once a day. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between teeth that a toothbrush can't reach. This is an important part of healthy oral hygiene. Without flossing, patients can suffer from tooth decay and gum disease, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss. This can help remove plaque buildup from your teeth that can cause decay or gum disease. You should make brushing a priority as part of your morning and evening routines.
Eat a balanced diet
You should also avoid consuming sugary foods and beverages. These can cause tooth decay or cavities. If you are unable to give up your daily soda habit, rinsing your mouth with water afterward can help reduce the amount of sugar in your teeth temporarily. Try using a straw, so the liquid bypasses your teeth entirely. Include healthy food items in your diet, like fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, etc.
Regular visits to the dentist
If you're like most people, you'd probably prefer to avoid going to the dentist, even if you know your oral health is important. However, regular visits with your dentist are critical for keeping your teeth and gums in good shape and healthy. These regular appointments provide the opportunity for your dentist to look for signs of decay or gum disease that could require care. Plus, these checkups also help you prevent serious oral health issues by teeth cleanings and by helping you maintain proper oral hygiene habits at home.
Visiting your dentist every six months is a healthy habit that shouldn't be skipped. In addition to standard cleanings, you'll also receive a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth to check for any potential problems. If you do need treatment, your dental office will work with you to find a budget-friendly option that fits your budget so you can get the care you need without risking your oral health.
Avoiding smoking and using tobacco
Smoking cigarettes or using any kind of tobacco product can do a lot of damage to your teeth, gums, and mouth overall. Tobacco use can lead to oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, and other serious health issues. The best way to avoid these complications is to never start smoking or use any tobacco products. If you are a smoker and need help quitting, talk to your dentist about smoking cessation resources, such as nicotine gum or patches.
To find out more about the dental services offered by our dentist in Albuquerque, NM, call (505)-293-7611 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.