With National Dental Hygiene Month in full swing, we would like to talk about what our Woodland Hills, CA, patients can do to maintain optimal oral health. With the right steps, you can help reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Improving Your Dental Hygiene
- Brush Your Teeth: Caring for your smiles at home helps significantly reduce the chances of tooth decay and gum disease occurring. When you brush, do so in the morning when you wake up and again before going to bed. We suggest a toothbrush with soft bristles and using toothpaste containing fluoride and the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
- Always Floss Your Teeth: You also need to floss up and down the length of every tooth, dipping below the gum line. We recommend flossing every night before bed. When you clean between your teeth, you remove the food particles a toothbrush cannot reach.
- Watch What You Eat: Our diets often impact the health of our smiles. Consuming sugary snacks and drinks could lead to a greater risk of tooth decay. Try choosing heathy snacks, such as fruits, veggies, nuts, or dairy products. Sugar-free gum also makes a great option. For drinks, try consuming more water instead of picking soda, energy drinks, or sports drinks.
- Make Time for Checkups and Cleanings: Routine homecare and healthy snacks are crucial, but they don’t address plaque buildup. Plaque accumulates when bacteria break down food particles. The buildup weakens tooth enamel and inflames gum tissue. Fortunately, a cleaning removes the buildup. The checkup portion of your visit also allow us to identify any signs of trouble, recommending treatment before the problem grows more severe.
Talk To Woodland Hills Dental Arts About Dental Hygiene
We strive to help all patients obtain healthy smiles they’ll be proud to show the world. Schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA, today at (818) 347-5124. We also proudly work with patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all other surrounding areas.